Friday, 7 May 2010

Economic Slash and Burn: Greece’s Deadly Austerity Measures

The Greek government, and its citizens, are feeling the economic pinch. A brutal reaction to protestors who fear the winding back of the country’s social system has stunned visitors and the public alike. A general strike has been in progress that has crippled schools, hospitals, airline flights and ferries. Protestors have swarmed around the central square in front of Parliament.

On Wednesday, an assortment of violent groups began to dominate the protesting camp and began hurling rocks and casting gasoline bombs that set fire, according to the police, to the Marfin Egnatia Bank that left three workers dead due to smoke inhalation. It might well have been worse, given that twenty workers had been trapped. Many were not sure who these black clad individuals were. Anarchists, came the common view, were starting to take over proceedings and dictate the tune. more...


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