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Greece: The timeline of a revolution, 2008-2012

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Greece: The timeline of a revolution, 2008-2012

It all begins in 2008. The crisis has broken out in Europe but it seemed at the time as if it wasn’t concerning Greece… On December 6th 2008 at Exarchia a policeman raises his gun and kills in cold blood the 15 year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos. The news spread through the city and within a [...]

November 27, 2012 Author: Anna Papoutsi

Greece: 153 “Yes”, thousands of “No”

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Greece: 153 “Yes”, thousands of “No”

Early in the evening of Monday 5th of November, the Ministry of Finance finally submitted the much-anticipated bill. One single article, 216 pages! In an unprecedented move that totally undermined the democratic processes, the MPs were called to study, discuss and vote on it in less than 48 hours’ time. [...]

November 7, 2012 Author: Yannis Christodoulou

Chalkidiki: Brutal repression at demonstration against gold-mining industry in Skouries

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Chalkidiki: Brutal repression at demonstration against gold-mining industry in Skouries

“Police wanted to kill us”. That was the common feeling among the residents of Chalkidiki who protested on Sunday the 21st of October at Skouries. The mountains of Chalkidiki are soon to be turned into mines by the Canadian multinational company Eldorado Gold. Citizens that gathered to protest in peace against the plans that are [...]

October 23, 2012 Author: S. Poulimeni

People are burning alive on the streets of Athens

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People are burning alive on the streets of Athens

“Tomorrow? There is no tomorrow!” I knew how that anarchist felt. He was screaming it across a battlefield, the police were in retreat, I was standing between them and I knew why he felt so miserable. [...]

October 20, 2012 Authors: Alex Miller, Henry Langston

Merkel in Athens

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Merkel in Athens

In spite of the prohibitions and the Draconian security measures (7,000 police officers in service and “prohibition of gatherings of more than 3 people” in a large part of the centre until 22:00 o’clock) announced for the day of Merkel’s visit to Athens, tens of thousands of people managed to finally get to the, inaccessible [...]

October 9, 2012 Author: Yannis Christodoulou

Open letter from a teacher to Mr. Dendias

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Open letter from a teacher to Mr. Dendias

I'm one of those that find themselves every single time at the protests of Syntagma square, along with thousands of my fellow desperate citizens. And every time, I feel proud and happy seeing so many young children out on the streets worrying, struggling, raising their fist in defiance, and uniting their voices with ours, the [...]

October 2, 2012 Author: Julie Pezopoulou

Spain: The deeper the crisis, the more the repression

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Spain: The deeper the crisis, the more the repression

“Allow me to show here, in New York, my recognition for the majority of the Spanish people who do not demonstrate, do not come out on the front pages, and do not watch the newscasts”. With these words, the Spanish President Mariano Rajoy, greeted the demonstration of September 25 that turned Madrid into a battlefield. [...]

September 27, 2012 Author: Sofia Tipaldou

Greece: General strike – Rehearsal or final performance?

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Greece: General strike – Rehearsal or final performance?

In the face of €9 billion cuts in salaries, pensions and benefits and €3 billion more in new taxes, the country’s Unions called for a 24Hour general strike and demonstration. It was exactly what we expected it to be; quite massive but numb at first, some riots towards the end and heavy police crackdown. [...]

September 27, 2012 Author: Anna Papoutsi