Greece: one week celebrations, the next violence and riots


Last week I wrote:

“As Greeks celebrate in the streets this week over the ‘no’ vote victory, these celebrations could turn to riots and civil unrest this time next week…”

My prediction has come true. But not for the reasons I predicted.

600px-GreekRiotMontageRather than rioting on the basis of the declining supplies of food and medicine in the country and the lack of cash, protesters have hit the streets following the Greek government’s finally striking of a bail-out package with the EU.

Today,  the ABC  reported in its typically unbiased fashion:

“the package, the harshest set austerity measures introduced into the country, includes cuts to pensions and to spending, sweeping changes to labor laws, and tax hikes.”

(read: ‘accountability’)


“Protesters took to the streets of Athens ahead of the vote, with petrol bombs being hurled at police outside parliament.”

Perhaps its my naivety, but I would have presumed that stubbornly refusing to do a deal with the EU to resolve its debt crisis and running out of money, food and medicine would be one of the greatest ‘austerity’ measure one could choose.

It seems the people of Greece fiercely disagree.

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Jeremy has worked as a kitchen hand, labourer and in policy development, and now prefers to focus his energies working with refugee and other disadvantaged communities. He enjoys boxing but isn't very good at it, and is a professional insomniac. Jeremy will know that he has "made it" when his opponents refer to him as a "pseudo-intellectual."