While Bloomberg is still playing war games by introducing a new Drachma symbol on their trading screens and scaring financial dealers across the planet on Friday, the Guardian in the UK already provides a more realistic picture of the situation in Greece.
“…Greece is broke and close to being broken. It is a country where children are fainting in school because they are hungry, where 20,000 Athenians are scavenging through waste tips for food, and where the lifeblood of a modern economy – credit – is fast drying up.
It is a country where the fascists and the anarchists battle for control of the streets, where immigrants fear to go out at night and where a woman whispers “it’s like the Weimar republic” as a motorcycle cavalcade from the Golden Dawn party, devotees of Adolf Hitler, cruises past the parliament building. Graffiti says: “Foreigners get out of Greece. Greece is for the Greeks. I will vote for Golden Dawn to remove the filth from the country…”
When we spent some time last year in Greece to see first hand how bad things really are and to talk with the people, the Greek Nazis were already marching on the streets of Athens.
It were Greek students that 1974 finally brought an end to the Greek military junta, the dictatorship ruling the country with terror and torture. Just about 10 years ago – in 1999 – President Bill Clinton finally apologized on the behalf of the US government for supporting the military junta and their torturer.
Now Greek students are back on the streets again and most of them demonstrating peacefully for their rights and for reason. Many of them beaten half-death by para-military police that swarm over demonstrators in large numbers, exerting violence and uncontrolled force against those peaceful citizens.
When the Nazis were goose-stepping the streets of Athens last year almost none of those para-military police bullies could be seen, most likely because they were too afraid that – for a change – they would be beaten up.
Now a country protected by such “heroes” will most likely fall over in the first flurry – lets hope there are others left with courage and will to change things. The Greek people were always famous for that in the past.
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