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Athens Burning: Banks in Flames After Athens Passes Austerity Bill
Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2012 | Mike Shedlock

Posted on 02/13/2012 6:08:45 AM PST by Kaslin

The Financial Times reports Athens passes demanded austerity bill.

Greek lawmakers on Thursday approved a tough austerity package aimed at averting a default, but the vote was overshadowed by violent street protests in central Athens and dozens of arson attacks against shops and banks.



The legislation passed by 199 votes in favour to 74 against, a convincing majority for Lucas Papademos, the caretaker prime minister who has been given the job of pushing through painful reforms demanded by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund in return for a second €130bn bail-out.
Athens Burning: Tens of Banks in Flames

From the Greek Streets reports Athens, the long night of February 12: “burning and looting tonight”
Tens of banks and other buildings are burning across Athens after today’s demonstrations. There are huge riots in Thessaloniki and Patra as well. The situation seems to be spiralling out of control. We will try to summarise key developments through the night, below: .....



23.10 GMT+2 It is entirely impossible to estimate the number of people who have taken to the streets in Athens tonight. They are definitely in the hundreds of thousands – there are simply people everywhere.

23.07 GMT+2 The building of Marfin bank (the same building where three bank workers died on May 5, 2010) has been burnt to the ground.

23.05 GMT+2 A gun shop in Omonoia, Athens, has been looted.

23.02 GMT+2 Information about the alleged occupation of the town hall is confirmed: a group of people entered the building, only to be evicted and arrested by riot police a few minutes later.

22.42 GMT+2 The town hall of Athens has allegedly been occupied.

22.40 GMT+2 Police attack and cut off people in the Law school. At least 200 people are trapped inside.

22.30 GMT+2 At least 20 demonstrators and another 30 police have been injured during the day’s clashes.
Promises No Longer Suffice

Earlier today Schaeuble warns Greek promises no longer suffice

Greek promises on austerity measures are no longer good enough because so many vows have been broken and the country that has been a "bottomless pit" has to dramatically change its ways, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said.

In a hard-hitting interview with the Welt am Sonntag newspaper, Schaeuble also said it is up to Greece whether the country can stay in the euro zone as part of its efforts to restore its competitiveness.

"The promises from Greece aren't enough for us anymore," Schaeuble said. "With a new austerity programme they are going to first have to implement parts of the old programme and save."

Schaeuble said there was quite a difference between Greece and other euro zone strugglers.

"The Greeks are a special case...The Portuguese government is doing a decent job," he said, adding that Portugal's problem is that the country needs more economic growth.
Greece a "Special Case"?

Give it time and Portugal and Spain will follow. Greece is in an economic depression (as are Spain and Portugal), and things are about to get much worse.

Greece's technocrat Prime Minister Lucas Papademos does not have the support of the people. His support has dwindled to nothing. Moreover, the political parties that passed this bill will not be in power after the next elections (assuming of course there is a next election).

Recall that Papademos is a puppet not voted into office by Greek citizens, but rather an unelected politician forced onto Greeks because he would do what the EMU and IMF want.

Greece is burning in every sense of the word. It is both politically and economically bankrupt yet Europe attempts to extract blood from a dried up turnip.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: countdown2war

1 posted on 02/13/2012 6:08:49 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Now Greece will need to borrow several more billion to rebuild and clean up after the riots.


2 posted on 02/13/2012 6:14:14 AM PST by apillar
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To: Kaslin
Last nights thread,
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2845731/posts

40 some politicians were thrown out of Parliament for opposing the package...

and yet as the end of last nights thread shows...

Greek Carnival is happening in other parts of the country. Kind of surreal.

3 posted on 02/13/2012 6:17:33 AM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: Kaslin
Photobucket Coming to a country near you.
4 posted on 02/13/2012 6:30:46 AM PST by baddog 219
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To: baddog 219

Coming to a country near you.


Very near, I’m afraid.


5 posted on 02/13/2012 6:36:18 AM PST by The Working Man (The mantra for BO's reign...."No Child Left a Dime")
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To: Kaslin

When the ‘demonstrations’, which seem to occur on weekends, mostly during daylight hours, get serious and escalate into self-sustaining riots that don’t go home for supper or take days off - that will be the time to be gettin’ outta dodge....


6 posted on 02/13/2012 6:48:58 AM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Kaslin

And national news is focused on Whitney Houston....


7 posted on 02/13/2012 6:50:13 AM PST by Not The Other One
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To: Not The Other One

Obama’s DC, December 2012


8 posted on 02/13/2012 6:53:26 AM PST by Kenny Bunk ((So, you're telling me Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out this eligibility stuff?))
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To: Kaslin

They want their communist dictatorship, and they want it NOW!! Are these people to stupid to know that’s exactly what they’re bucking for? Freakin idiots.

And now we got Odumba and his crew desperately trying to whip up the same kind of idiocy in our population.

Free crap being offered to you by the government is akin to a child molester offering candy to a little kid. After you’re done getting what you want... they’re gonna get what they wanted.


9 posted on 02/13/2012 6:57:02 AM PST by CaptainKrunch
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To: CaptainKrunch

On the older thread I posted some stats. Greece has a high percentage of government employees and government retirees. I’m guessing that a significant percentage of rioters are children of government employees still financially dependent upon their parents, and who had plans of using parental connections to get into a nice cushy govt job. Austerity plans that involve govt layoffs would affect those plans.


10 posted on 02/13/2012 7:04:37 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: Kaslin
Give it time and Portugal and Spain will follow.

So will Chicago and LA. Here in the Peoples Republic of Illinois things are reaching the tipping point where no sane person will lend the progressive losers in Springfield money any longer. They all count on an Obama bailout. But if no money comes from DC (and i pray to God that non will come) all the welfare queens and union thugs are going to go from fat cat to flat broke overnight. And then the come the riots and the fires.

Let them burn out their own nests. It needs to be done. Like an overgrown forest the big blue progressive cities need to be burned out periodically to clear the dead wood and poison ivy.
11 posted on 02/13/2012 7:05:43 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Kaslin
In the 1980 there was a book and film “Eleni” about the fate of the author’s (Nicholas Gage) mother in Greece after WWII, when Communist insurgents were seizing children to ship to "education" camps in the Soviet Union. His mother hid and smuggled him out of Greece and she was tortured and murdered (along with countless other parents) for her resistance.

Watching these rioting Commies, reveals what they or their bosses were taught in those "education" camps in the Stalin's paradise.

12 posted on 02/13/2012 7:25:09 AM PST by drpix
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To: Not The Other One
And national news is focused on Whitney Houston....

I thought my wife was playing a W.H. cd this morning.
No, just watching the NEWS. Gag!

13 posted on 02/13/2012 7:37:30 AM PST by Vinnie
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To: Kenny Bunk

The news from Greece should be a wake up call for us. What will the reaction be in our future, if we have to undertake programs to deal with our unsustainable financial issues in Washington? Especially with the hair trigger tempers of certain groups of people in our big city ghettos, I would fear the reactions if gov’t spending on certain programs is cut back.


14 posted on 02/13/2012 7:48:30 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: PapaBear3625
I give credit to Greece for actually voting to implement some form of cuts. I don't see it happening though. They will default.

Just to compare it to the US:

'the U.S. Greece's minimum wage will be cut to $728 a month; in the U.S., the federal minimum is almost twice as much. 150,000 Greek public sector posts will go; if the equivalent cut occurred in the U.S., 600,000 would be losing their jobs.'

15 posted on 02/13/2012 8:36:20 AM PST by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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16 posted on 02/13/2012 9:00:13 AM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: All

Our government spending will never be cut back that much. All of the politicians are afraid to cut. So they’ll keep kicking the can down the road while lining their own pockets. Eventually there will be a huge crash then it will be civil war.

Unless the government comes and gets all of our guns. And that’s what I fear most. Truthfully, would anyone here do anything if a fellow freeper posted that the feds had come and taken all of his guns? I like to think there’d be an uprising. But with all that’s happened without so much as a small riot, I’m not convinced anyone would say much. I hope I’m wrong.


17 posted on 02/13/2012 6:00:24 PM PST by Terry Mross (.)
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To: Kaslin

retirements confiscated (think 401k confiscation)

at least 15000 just had their jobs wipped out from the government into a non existent private sector.

What happens WHEN they realize they are burning the wrong city and the seat of the EU becomes the target?

The last time athens was this kind of a mess was when they stopped the communist uprising in 1951. Athens was still a mess after WW II.

It can not be emphasised enough. Each austerity measure eliminates what little private sector was left.

The only way to save greece is to unlease the private sector.


18 posted on 02/13/2012 7:16:59 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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