Skip to comments.Police clash with protesters as Greeks fight cuts
Posted on 03/11/2010 8:11:25 AM PST by Kartographer
Police clashed with stone-throwing youths in Athens on Thursday as tens of thousands protested draconian cutbacks aimed at pulling Greece out of a debt crisis shaking the euro zone.
About 50 black-hooded youths hurled sticks and pieces of marble broken from the steps of the Bank of Greece at police, who responded with several rounds of tear gas.
The youths threw petrol bombs, smashed shop windows and set garbage containers on fire, but the level of violence was much lower than during 2008 riots that paralyzed the city for weeks after the police killing of a teenager.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...
And the cops are responding with tear gas? Try using live ammunition instead.
It is quite possible that the only building left standing in a few weeks after the rioting stops will be those on the Acropolis.
It sounds like as great time to be a tourist in Greece. NOT!
I thought at first it said “Greeks fight cats”.
We’re going to be seeing this in the US in the not too distant future. It’s inevitable.
As soon as the first person gets denied his/her AFDC check at the welfare office,
riots will ensue,
and they’ll first burn down their own neighborhoods,
causing HUNDREDS of dollars in damages.
“and theyll first burn down their own neighborhoods,
causing HUNDREDS of dollars in damages.”
Just consider it ‘Urban Renewal’!
Were going to be seeing this in the US in the not too distant future. Its inevitable.
Yes, we will.
“Were going to be seeing this in the US in the not too distant future. Its inevitable.”
I agree. Look at the factors:
1. US current Federal deficit (admitted) is currently approx = to US GDP; Greece deficit is slightly more than Greece GDP
2. Actually, when we start adding the costs of SS and Medicare in a few years, US Federal deficit will be WAY more than US GDP
3. Greece has a large population accustomed to Gov handouts; US has a large population accustomed to Gov handouts
4. Many Greek politicians are socialists/communists; same with US
5. Greece had to cut back Gov benefits because they are broke; US will probably be in the same situation in a few (say, about 10) years
the usual suspects just causing problems.
same old anachists, see a few years ago when they were lighting forest fires.
I believe that is referred to as the Watts syndrome. ;-)
We’ve already seen a small portion of this with our college kids. Has anyone asked these kids the question “We are out of money, where do you suggest we get more?”
and theyll first burn down their own neighborhoods,
causing HUNDREDS of dollars in damages.
Just consider it Urban Renewal!
A professor in college once told me with a perfectly
straight face that this was a legitimate tactic and
was the only way to bring about “change” (there’s
that word again)
From Marxist.com, January 12, 2009:
Revolutionary ferment in Greece a taste of what is to come for the whole of Europe:
From Wikipedia with references at site...
A common Anarcho-Syndicalist flag.
In the early 20th century, anarcho-syndicalism arose as a distinct school of thought within anarchism. With greater focus on the labour movement than previous forms of anarchism, syndicalism posits radical trade unions as a potential force for revolutionary social change, replacing capitalism and the state with a new society, democratically self-managed by the workers.
Anarcho-syndicalists seek to abolish the wage system and private ownership of the means of production, which they believe lead to class divisions. Important principles include workers' solidarity, direct action (such as general strikes and workplace recuperations), and workers' self-management. This is compatible with other branches of anarchism, and anarcho-syndicalists often subscribe to anarchist communist or collectivist anarchist economic systems. Its advocates propose labour organization as a means to create the foundations of a non-hierarchical anarchist society within the current system and bring about social revolution.
In this photo from a December 11, 2008 Marxist.com article, the protesters can be seen giving the communist fist salute.
Marxist.com is obviously a pro-communist website.
And here they are with large red (communist) flags...
"After four days of struggle we can now start to draw some first clear conclusions. Without any doubt this movement deserves the title of 'teenager uprising'. We have here a new generation of tens of thousands of school students erupting in a huge explosion, the biggest for 20 years, if not even more, in Greece. We have clear symptoms of an instinctive revolutionary spirit, and a clear tendency to target not only the present bourgeois government but also the bourgeois state and the capitalist system as a whole."
Greece: massive school student attack against police stations all over the country!
By Editorial Board of "Marxistiki Foni" December 10, 2008
The masked ones, as they are known, hold informal assemblies each day, where everyone has a chance to discuss where this revolution is headed. They even debate whether it is a revolution. It is a social riot, said another gate guard, and its still going on. We dont know yet where it will lead.
It's all part of the international revolutionary communist movement. The new SDS (Students for a Democratic Society, of which the Weather Underground emerged) is leading the protests/riots here in the US.
Funny thing, how much do these protesters think they’re costing their government by their antics?
The government is going to have to fix damage to public infrastructure, hire police, pay for these people to be in jail, etc., all at a time when they’re broke.
What interests me is that the article says violence is lower than in years past. Are the majority maybe waking up to the fact that gov’t can’t spend money it doesn’t have?
As for the youths, they are no doubt like my nephew who had a left-wing, as opposed to a liberal, education. It’s going to take a long time for reality to set in.
When (if) the commie regime in the White House ends peacefully or is forcefully removed, we better wake up and start severely cracking down on the Left. Hard. With extreme prejudice.
California’s College Dreamers: When will students figure out the politicians have sold them out?
SDS Organizing for National Day of Action for Education Rights
SDS is part of the Education Rights Campaign at UWM. The coalition of student groups, faculty, and workers are organizing a speak out to be held in the UWM Union on March 4th, in solidarity with the National Day of Action for Education Rights, and the massive actions that will be happening in California and across the country. Here are our demands for the UWM administration:
Justice for Students and Workers at UWM!
In early 2006, a group of former SDS members and sympathisers, led by DSA activist Paul Buhle joined with some a new generation of college students to re-found Students For a Democratic Society. The movement now has over 130 chapters across the USA.
More importantly Buhle and co also founded an SDS support group for older activists-Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS). SDS is the muscle behind the new protest movement and was very prominent in the recent violence at the Republican National Convention at St Paul Minnesota. MDS is the brains behind the SDS brawn
“As soon as the first person gets denied his/her AFDC check at the welfare office, riots will ensue, and theyll first burn down their own neighborhoods, causing HUNDREDS of dollars in damages.”
Fantastic reply!!! You are so right in both points! Thanks for the laugh this morning...
East Lansing, MI - November 30, 2007. Bill Ayers, a close friend of Bert Garskof, speaks at the MSU [Michigan State University] SDS Reunion. Garskof was a mentor to Ayers and many other SDSers... (Part 1)
Remaining parts at YouTube.
you forgot Greece has done TWO illegal alien amnesties!
The second was done after the first one could not handle the volume.
Then again keep in mind these 50 “youts” are the usual european deadbeat anarchists.
You also have greenpeace kooks doing petitions in athens.
We will need to begin with a massive education program. There is such incredible ignorance in our country about what is happening, it's both frightening and depressing.
After a few weeks without food the level of energy should subside dramatically.
Nothing happens in greece that didn’t happen there during the last 150 years - they have been corrupt they have been protesting they have been anti-state ...
It’s how they live.
If anyone - investor, politico, citizen thinks that this was now about to change I would admire their optimism but not share it.
Greece is defacto example of how Socialism is never the end game. The End Game is full blown communism. Socialism is just the middle ground on the way from Freedom and Liberty to the bondage of Communism.
The students never will. Only after they leave college, get into the working world and find out the truth.
The Greek police need to bring these guys back to deal with the socialist hoards. ;)
“you forgot Greece has done TWO illegal alien amnesties!”
Did not know that, thanks. That’s why I enjoy FR—an endless source of knowledge on topics ranging from science, religion, politics, economics, just about anything!
Whenever the newswires vaguely describe (not by accident or sloppiness) a scene of “youths protesting” and “clashing with baton wielding police” we can ALWAYS say that said said “youths” are either immigrant minorities, far-left agitators, or both. The far-left agitators, by the way, rarely have a dog in the fight and are simply opportunists who jump into any altercation with glee and try to turn it violent, just as they did with the ‘08 riots. This is the same for any country in Europe, as well as regions of the U.S. heavily infested with such vermin. They simply want to fight for the sake of fighting, causing chaos, smashing windows, and attacking cops.