Sunday, February 24, 2013

Live From Greece

This is a screen shot of a rally taking place in Greece -- as I write this -- against the "austerity measures" being imposed there, that somebody is streaming live -- uploading to the internet as it happens -- via their mobile phone. Hot damn modern technology.

Greece, Portugal, and Spain, the less wealthy countries of Europe, are being used as experiments by the more wealthy countries of Europe, Germany, France and England, to see how much "austerity" people can take. Austerity is another way of saying extreme Neoliberalism, Thatcherism, Reaganomics. It's all the same. Undoing the gains working people have made since the rise of the Labor Movement in first half of the 1900s. Redistribution of wealth upward.

Workers have been fighting back in all cases but until now have been unable to reverse any of the deep cuts in social services, layoffs, and reductions in pay and in their pensions, by as much as half, that are being imposed on them by the European Union and International Monetary Fund, the IMF, the front group for the US dominated banking system that imposes Neoliberalism as a condition for development loans.

But in Greece, a new political party, the Coalition of the Radical Left, or Syriza, which would take Greece out of the European Union, restore its own currency, and renegotiate or simply stop paying its crushing debt, came in second in last years elections but is expected to win next time.

I saw the link to the rally on Facebook, where the note said big rallies are underway all over Greece despite a pouring rain.

Also in Greece, workers have begun to take over factories that are closing down.  


As the mans says, they have begun production but face problems, include access to markets and credit. They are trying to work around the lack of credit by holding benefit concerts and soliciting donation through the web site Vio.Me.


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