Posts tagged ‘Greek protests’

Greek citizens keep protesting under torrential rain

True to their promise to continue and despite the heavy rain thousands of Greeks gathered again at Syntagma Square in Athens, in front of the Lefkos Pyrgos monument (White Castle translated loosely) in Thessaloniki, in Patras, in Veroia, in Agrinio and other Greek cities to protest against the Greek government’s new measures: cuts in all public services.
The “patriotic” climate favoured the presence of fascists waving Greek flags but they were soon isolated and asked to leave. The same happened when a protester waved a communist symbol.
The decisively non-party orientation of the rallies has baffled the political parties and their members while there are individual voices on Facebook calling party members to participate on their own.
Unfortunately could not find any photos that I like. I shall try to be there tomorrow to bring you more up to date news

Wake up call for the Greeks at a wake outside the Greek Parliament

Yesterday, Wednesday, 25 May 2011, disappointed and disillusioned, the working people of Greece decided to voice their protest in a new way. Inspired by the Spanish mass rallies, a spontaneous response was organized by the Greek citizens: a protest beyond parties, unions and/or organizations.
The majority of the over 20.000 people who gathered in Syntagma Square, in front of the Parliament Building in Athens alone were below thirty, many young couples with their kids, unemployed and self-employed, small shop-keepers and so on. The slogans were against the whole system with the chant of “Thieves” being repeated every now and then.
Similar protests were held in Thessaloniki, Patra, Volos and other smaller Greek cities.
There is a call for a new rally today – we are waiting to see how the rainy weather will influence people’s attendance. The protesters are making jokes on the social media: “Yesterday it was the people’s rage – today it is God’s rage – we should have better coordination!” referring to a well known greek saying: People’s fury means God’s fury. For the Greek readers “οργή λαού οργή θεού”.
The police presence was much more discreet than usual so there was no violence.
There was no reaction from the Greek government other than an announcement by the President of the Republic that he is trying to organize a meeting of the political leadership of the country under his aegis.
All the photographs are taken from Indy media Athens.