Friday, June 17, 2011

What is going on in Greece?

My new friend Stacey from the USA has asked for more details on my last post about the Greeks being fully awake.

So I’ll give you the picture from a middle-class working mum’s point of view.

For the economy details check out this link


After Iceland ,Ireland ,Portugal and Spain now Greece is facing bankruptcy as a result of deficient policies within the European Union in combination with corruption in previous Greek governments. The euro zone may be collapsing, Greece being the first frontier in this battle. There have been unprecedented austerity measures, unemployment has risen up to 15%, salaries have been reduced to 500 Euros per month, numerous taxes have been added to our income, pensions have been reduced, in many cases to 200p/month, young people emigrate like Greeks did after the 2nd World War.

For many months Greeks have been patient, waiting for some positive results after so many months of sacrifices. However, the deficit is only increasing and bankruptcy is on our doorstep. After the movement of The Indignados in Spain started (where there was a slogan: Quiet! We don’t want to wake up the Greeks!) then spreading to more European countries, people in Greece made their own Indignants’ movement communicating through Facebook and Twitter. Hence, they gather in the main squares of big cities every night forming a public congress and trying to work out the situation having faith in the only thing that changes the route of a State throughout history:


"The paranoia is in bloom, the PR

Transmissions will resume, they'll try to

Push drugs, keep us all dumb down and hope that

We will never see the truth around, so come on

Another promise, another scene, another

Package not to keep us trapped in greed with all the

Green belts wrapped around our minds and endless

Red tape to keep the truth confined, so come on

They will not force us

And they will stop degrading us

And they will not control us

We will be victorious, so come on"

The Muse, Uprising

1 comment:

  1. Anti-government protests in debt-stricken Greece have turned violent. Demonstrators clashed with police forces after tear gas was used.
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