Angry citizens have set up a camp in the central square of the capital, in a move modelled after the Spanish M-15 movement and the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa.
Citizens are very angry about they impunity of Greek politicians they hold responsible for the crisis, as well as the dire state of the economy and waves of austerity demanded under international bailout. Under that plan, Greece was supposed to resume borrowing on financial markets in 2012 but that now seems increasingly unlikely, so the EU is preparing a new aid plan that would meet funding needs in 2012 and 2013. In return, the EU wants the Greek government to impose even more austerity and reform, including quick privatizations. The officials are checking Greece’s fiscal progress to approve a 12 billion euro aid tranche — the fifth under the current bailout — and also new funding the country needs to avoid debt default.
ast weekend, and after a rally of over 100,000 people organizers posted a message on their Facebook page calling for the messages of the protest to become more specific. Suggestions included demands for the International Monetary Fund to leave Greece, for Parliamentary immunity to be lifted and for audit commission to be set up to establish how the country’s debt was amassed.
You do not hear plastic speeches from orators but rather simple solutions to complex issues. And every age group takes part, such as a heart warming speech by an elderly lady of 103 who asked her family to take her to Syntagma Square so she could show her support to her grandchildren and great grand children who are taking part in the demonstrations. Priceless.
Much has been written and said about the protests, and many fear that they can turn violent. In fact many news sites have been warning of this. No one knows what is in store or “even planned”, one thing is for certain though, that people are determined to take this to the end.
I myself have come under attack by several people who describe my views on the protests as being “naive”. The only thing that I answer them is that I respect all those who sit on their couches and just wish things would change, but I am one of those people that wants things to change and that is a whole different ball game. This in my opinion requires defiance and it requires action.