The “Indignant” (as dubbed) protestors in Athens turned up the heat for the fourth consecutive day yesterday outside of the Greek Parliament. A mismatched crowd of all ages and from all walks of life, from school children to old-age pensioners, began to arrive on foot or on bicycles, anxious to once again demonstrate against the austerity measures announced by the government.
The movement shows no signs of abating, and some have even begun to camp out in tents at the square. The invitation has been renewed for today, while similar protests are planned in many EU cities in a day dubbed “the European revolution”.
Some are sceptical to the protests, and for good reason, since they can turn ugly at any moment with a simple provocation. Nonetheless, people need and long to protest, they cannot stand idle and allow the government to drive them mad.
The Greek Counsellor Maria Damanakis cannot spread panic in both Greece and abroad with her talks of scenarios and plans for Greece’s exit from the European economic zone, while at the same time Finance Minister George Papakonstantinou speaks out against all that foster such scenarios.
Government members cannot state the necessity of a consensus so that the country avoids running out of money during the summer, while at the same time Mr. Papakonstantinou makes statements that he is assured that Greece will end up receiving the next instalment on the 5th of June!
It is unreal for the government to let the common people with small amounts of money run to the banks in widespread panic trying to get their money back while they wonder when the “Exit from the European economic zone” will happen which Mrs. Damanaki had declared.
It is also impossible for the banking system to lose 1.5 billion of its liquidity while the Finance Minister makes statements of a “misguided” sense of insecurity caused by false rumours of the country’s exit from the zone. He even ended up stating that “there is no reason to worry, whatsoever”.
We should not even think about commenting on the unbelievable statement that we will neither go bankrupt nor removed from the economic zone because “Europe knows all too well what a non-instalment would mean” (a domino effect all over Europe and the end of the Euro).
All of this has compelled Greek citizens to act. In my opinion the protests should be viewed with caution, but nonetheless should inspire people to begin talking about politics again… something that the “system” might not want. After all, the greatest weapon people have against any corrupted system is knowledge and I believe that the protests are allowing people to exchange views and opinions with other people (from other political backgrounds) that they would have otherwise not wanted to do so before.
On every corner, in every section of these protests small pools of people are formed and they begin debating about many political issues that concern them. Some of the proposals and ideas heard are ingenious; while others are silly… nonetheless people are talking!
I think the most heart warming moment for me at these events was to listen to the views and opinions of the younger generation… oh and yes… the slogans… they are funny, witty and electrifying!
Finally, the message of all these events I guess can be described in two photos that have somehow become a trademark of the protests. In the first photo two small children give their hand to a gentle and friendly riot policeman, and in the second photo after getting married, a young couple takes a quick stroll through the protests in support to the uprising.
They are both priceless and in my opinion state loudly that we are obligated as a nation to fight for our rights because for one we are obligated to set the foundation for our children in peace and brotherhood and secondly in order to build a solid and better future for ourselves.
European revolution video
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