Greek Parliament Preparing Evacuation Tunnel Ahead Of Wednesday Vote On IMF Bailout, General Strike And Parliamentary Blockade

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June 15, the day of a general strike in Greece, is also the day when the critical "mid-term agreement" between the insolvent country and the Troica will be voted on by the general assembly. "The agreement includes tax increases, slashing of
wages and pensions and the lay-off of approximately more 100,000 civil
servants in the next few years." Already the blog Occupied London has called for a blockade of the Athens parliament: "Last night (June 11th) the popular assembly of Syntagma square
announced a call to blockade the Greek parliament ahead of the voting of
the so-called Mid-term agreement between the Greek government and the
troika (IMF/ECB/EU). The call-out for the blockade below is one of the most important acts
we have seen by the Syntagma assembly so far. June 15th is gearing up
to become a historical day in Greece, a crucial chance to block off the
charge-ahead of neoliberalism here. Don’t be a spectator to this – translate and disseminate the text
below; organise a gathering where you are, or come join us at Syntagma.
This is the struggle for and of our lives.
" Needless to say, should the vote pass, and should the Parliament be blockaded, which it will be, the chances of politicians to leave general assembly unscathed may be compromised. Which is why we were not surprised to learn, courtesy of Covering Delta, that the Greek parliament has hired foreign workers to clean out the underground tunnel which leads from the parliament to the port of Piraeus (soon to be privatized) in order to avoid what some fear may be the popular lynchings of MPs by the disgruntled masses.

From Covering Delta:

I just became aware of this report from Kontra channel here in Greece. Apparently, a tunnel that leads from Lykavitos to the Greek parliament, and from there to the sea port of Piraeus, is being cleaned out by foreign workers in preparation for the possible evacuation of Greek MP’s in the event of a storming of parliament ahead of wednesday’s vote on the new memorandum.

The situation here is getting completely out of control. I really don’t know how much longer the people will be willing to wait this thing out. The mood here in Athens is one of intense disillusionment with a government that seems increasingly detached from its own people.

In the spirit of 2011 being a (slightly delayed) carbon copy of 2010, what May 6th was  to 2010, June 15 just may end up being for 2011. The vote is expected to come in the late morning on Wednesday EDT, so there will be enough time to observe the market's reaction should violence return to Athens.

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Manthong's picture

Haven't they heard of big hollow wooden horses?

flacon's picture

The other option is that Greece goes to the renewed Drachma - prints their way out and hyperinflates the renewed Drachma. 


Which scheme is worse? Until the Greek populace changes their mind about "statism" (Communism/Socialism/Marxism/Leninism etc) then they will have to pay for the sins of such. They will have to pay anyway - but they can choose the right way for the sake of their offspring, even knowing they will have to pay the penalty themselves. 

I don't see a solution to this other than the population swearing off "statism" for good. Suppose they kill all their politicians - then what? Suppose they get a bail out - then what? suppose they get their own currency - then what? Suppose they go to gold and silver - then what? Any way they choose there is misery ahead. 

If you don't work [produce]; you don't eat. Enough said!


PS: Don't forget that "Capitalism" caused this, therefore the population will want an alternative - STATISM will save them.

High Wire's picture

No one on the socialist to capitalist spectrum has been spared the current dilema.  Greece is just first.

I think a declaration of odious debt is another possibility regarding the current situation. 

flacon's picture

The groups of people I have found in the "west" who will be spared are in the North East USA and South Western Canada - they call themselves "Amish" or "Old Mennonite". 

knukles's picture

Yup.  Them Cadillac communistia New York financial elite and privileged, via the Life and Style sections of the New York Times shall re-image themselves as Prada bedecked modern Amish, forgoing Japanese imports as unseemly unhealthy as they Pilate their way to cocktails at the Metropolitan Museum's annual Save the Whale formal dinner hosted by Al Gore to be entertained by Earth Wind and Fire, dining on an all natural organic squab dinner which actually consists of diseased pigeons caught unable to fly in Central Park.

Slightly early in the year, but may they all choke to death on their fucking holiday dinners.

I am a Man I am Forty's picture

naked capitalism says this is a hoax

taraxias's picture

What "statism" you moron?

The Greek elite, supported by the banking cartel, have rapped the Greek people since the end of WWII and you are talking about "statism" for fuck sakes. Do your own reserach and don't listen to paid MSM propaganda. What needs to collapse, and it will, in Greece is the kleptocratic system established by the Greek elite and their foreign cohorts.

Pericles is turning in his grave.

flacon's picture

Hello Mr. Polite, 


Unless you are raised in a Greek culture you won't understand. True, I am an expat, but was raised on a Greek island and know the culture. Oh, it's ciesta time, I'll finish this after I take my nap... At least it's not a Wednesday because I'm closed from noon until 9am Thursday or when ever I decide to open up and talk to you again. 


The expression is "Etzi Kietzi" - which means "Take it easy"... 



taraxias's picture

Etzi Kietzi means take it easy????

What do you know, my two years in Greece with Siemens were a complete waste. All this time I thought "etzi ketzi" means "so so"......

Fuck, you guys, are clueless. 

Armando Javier Finkeltein of the Boise Finkelsteins's picture

I love reading posts by angry people.  You need a rap on your head.  Or is that rape on your head?  I love it when posters call others morons when they can't spell.

Oracle of Kypseli's picture

Just because Greeks have Zorba attitude and make do with less hard work, fewer drachmas and more dancing and socializing, does not mean that the oligarchs should steal the wealth of the country.

As long as they do not work for the gov., they should do whatever they want. You call it freedom!

As I have posted before, the Greeks are prosperous. The gov is broke because they stole the money.

Yes! Greeks do not pay their taxes. But Americans keep complaining that the 16th amendment voted in the middle of Christmas night during congress recess by American traitor politicians but they are doing nothing. Non sequitur! 

You may know the story of the young man who went to Harvard and came back to his island home. His dad had 5 rooms which he rented for the summer. He told his dad that he can get a loan and build 10 more rooms and he can pay off the loan in ten years and then he can get someone to run the place and after that.. "You will just sit around and do nothing and enjoy life."

Son, I am not doing anything now. I just sit arround. Your mom cleans the rooms and we collect the rents.

nicxios's picture

I live on a Greek island and you don't know shit.

Shell Game's picture

Any way they choose there is misery ahead.

Indeed. And for all, eventually. But the question should not be 'what choices do they have (to avoid pain)?'  But rather, what choices can they make which will facilitate honest money, sovereignty and healing?


macholatte's picture

Freedom. Maybe the choice is freedom, which ain't cheap.


The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Thomas Jefferson

Pepe's picture

May be Greece will be the end of Utopia

Sam Clemons's picture

Right.  After reading this article and the slow motion train wreck in Greece for over a year, I really am starting to wonder what the Greeks actually want. 

They want their non-productive public jobs to continue to have the same (or increases) pay and pension.  In order to get close to this, the bailout will let the music play with worse pay and benefits for a few more years.

If they want to fight the bailout and default, don't they lose all benefits, pay and jobs?  There is a lack of real production and slow birth rates can't allow them to just create a new the generational ponzi scheme.

I understand hating being enslaved by the banksters, but I just don't understand how they will get what they want (good, high paying, easy jobs for doing nothing) either way.

Maybe I'm missing something...

theMAXILOPEZpsycho's picture

I don't know why people from the US always go ahead and pay no attention to what people are saying and assume that europeans just want more big government. Have you heard the people in Greece or Spain?? The level of awareness over what lead to this is far greater than the US - that's why there out there stopping it going further. And instead of being squeezed out by austerity maybe, just maybe, those government jobs like fireman, nurse, teacher might be more valued as in a free market economy...

Sam Clemons's picture

You are right that I don't speak Greek or Spanish so I don't know.  And I'm not presuming that they want more big government.  I'm presuming that they want THEIR (as in each individual that has to put food on the table for his family) gravy train to continue.  There are probably exceptions like there are here.

However, my guess is that IF the bailout came with no austerity terms, and the next one actually came with a raise in pensions and wage, they would go happily along into debt just like every other person that has been lazy as the result of machines, productivity enhancements, and endless fiat.  The only problem is that few people recognize the population bubble (yes, there is still a lot of land available - but there aren't people willing to WORK the land, and no, I don't advocate killing anyone) these three things have caused. 

It is quite clear that life should have gotten better as machines took over most manual labor for us.  However, it didn't.  Not here in the US or there.  I'm sure everyone here can come up with a different reason why.  So... it could be because people no longer had to do manual jobs to make a living or it is because governments created make-shift jobs to keep people in a what I like to call adult daycare - Western jobs. 

I'd guess if less people had jobs, and accepted that in the former situation, prices should trend lower and free time would be abundant.  The latter situation, free time disappears along with innovation, prices rise and then unemployment also comes around as profit margins collapse. 

I guess I choose the former, but I really don't think most people in the world are ready for that transition because they want to have something, like "work" to take up their time away from their spouses.  Not to mention that no one would be able to stomach the prices of paper assets collapsing as demand collapses to meet true value supply (supply of value/labor is what should dictate demand for every country and individual) for the first time in 1000 years.

Just some random thoughts.

Oracle of Kypseli's picture

The Greek politicians have been hiring gov workers for years, even though there is no need. The ones protesting at this moment are from all walks of life. The gov workers' salaries were cut in half. (No one would like that.) The private sector took this opporunity and cut salaries under the pretext of saving Greece, violating labor law knowing that it will not be enforced, because if they fired them instead they will have to give them severance of one months salary for each year of work. thus forcing them to work for half or quit.

This time the protest is peaceful and they all want the politicians to not pay in full the borrowed money which was divided amomgst the privileged few. Same exact thing in Spain.

But if they vote yes Wednesday to make bond holders whole, Athens will burn and the politicians will be lynched.

Noah Vail's picture

The people in democracies got what they voted for and don't like it, so they seek scape goats. Don't believe it, then count the number of Senators and MPs for Life in each democracy. The voters send the same ones back every election. Why? Because they deliver the bacon paid for with credit.


We, the people, got no one to blame but ourselves, either by action or default.

Shameful's picture

No i think you got it.  But it's not just Greece.  Everyone wants that (look at Western world), and go figure hucksters promised it to them, but they just needed to write a few checks in their name.  So the suckers want the good times to go on forever when they are to dumb to realize they got taken in the first place. 

The mass man doesn't want anything fixed, just wants to go back to the blissful dream he was promised and would do anything to do so.  In his heart he still feels like that magic world he was promised is a real place and will do anything to go back to it.  This includes selling their children into slavery or sending them screaming into the abattoir.  All the better birth rates are down so not even a emotional choice for many, it's a strangers child who will pay after all.

macholatte's picture

not picking on you, Shameful, just a comment that is often made ......

to single out the "western world" is a huge mistake. Take ANY race, color creed or national origin and put that family in the place of a so called westerner (which is really where all the third world wants to be) and what do you get, the same thing. It's human nature. Only about 8%-12% of the people are self motivators, innovators, leaders, drivers; about 30%-35% are productive and the remaining 50% are truely sheep.... and that's global. Look at any society or organization.


The mass man doesn't want anything fixed, just wants to go back to the blissful dream he was promised and would do anything to do so.  In his heart he still feels like that magic world he was promised is a real place and will do anything to go back to it. 

 Oh to be 4 years old again.


George Washington, as a boy, was ignorant of the commonest accomplishments of youth. He could not even lie.
Mark Twain
BigJim's picture

No, that pretty much sums it up.

The Greeks - like pretty much every other Western populace - have been so dumbed down by Keynesianisms that they have completely forgotten the connection between productivity and wealth.

theMAXILOPEZpsycho's picture

I don't know why people from the US always go ahead and pay no attention to what people are saying and assume that europeans just want more big government. Have you heard the people in Greece or Spain?? The level of awareness over what lead to this is far greater than the US - that's why there out there stopping it going further. And instead of being squeezed out by austerity maybe, just maybe, those government jobs like fireman, nurse, teacher might be more valued as in a free market economy...

Noah Vail's picture

So when is the last time a nurse, fireman or teacher produced something to eat, or to build a house with for the fireman to put out a fire?

No production = no eat = you die.

Now what part of death don't ya'll understand?

theMAXILOPEZpsycho's picture

I don't know why people from the US always go ahead and pay no attention to what people are saying and assume that europeans just want more big government. Have you heard the people in Greece or Spain?? The level of awareness over what lead to this is far greater than the US - that's why there out there stopping it going further. And instead of being squeezed out by austerity maybe, just maybe, those government jobs like fireman, nurse, teacher might be more valued as in a free market economy...

Reptil's picture

At first glance your post seems logical. But it isn't because the facts don't match up.

Of course the greek government since the coup in the seventies has been living beyond their means. They plundered the country. Corruption and cronyism also means you bribe the ones below you (they don't threaten since the generals gave the seats up). The very same is happening in all western countries, but as a more subtle event. It's often disguised as "privatisation", and it happens slowly and with all kinds of "reasonable" arguments. The dismantlement of the social democratic structures.

The key is that the huge debt was not run up by the "little people", the farmers, the clerks the teachers the workers, the busdrivers. Of course they contributed, life for them seems to be like that and they've accepted that, simply because they couldn't change it. However, with the EU came a new hope, a new idea, that it doesn't have to be like this. That there is a way to run a society towards a different goal, than into the ground. But with the EU came money. And NONE of the EU politicians and banks wanted to listen to the bean-counters, the accountants that did not even wanted to sign off on the budgets, because of the huge holes. The burocratic morons in Brussels got enamoured by the big bucks themselves, and voluntarally ran up debt. They stonewalled whistleblowers, still do, and create a larger and larger "empire" of cronyism every day. We know because the northern countries weren't as corrupt, still are not, and we've been paying attention. But there was no need to take action because there were guarantees that we would not take on the debt created by private banks, and our governernments prevented real acction.

So the ones that pumped billions into a half functioning democracy that was Greece, are just as much a contributing force in this whole game. But pretend surprise suddenly and now they're going in for the kill. What they push is a "solution" which is not really a solution. It will totally paralise what's left of the greek economy. And then, in a year or so, they'll come for the rest. Moreover, since it's not a functional plan, this really will become a two edged sword: The countries that now try to "fix the problem" out of fear of contagion and losses, in the north, will be next. Because the negative balance sheet will be in their name too. The politicians now finally, suddenly grasped this (Germany, Netherlands), and are backpaddleling like crazy, even suggesting the 2010 bailout is somehow illegal, but try to prevent a "credit event" on their watch.

Do you get the trick now? The same thing they pulled in Argentina, which was a rich, functioning democracy with a thriving economy and healthy exports. And they crippled it, because of "their people" inside a corrupt government. NOT because the state ran up too much debt, or that the people are too communist thinking or something like that. That's total nonsense, it may be true but has got nothing to do with the problem, or how to solve it.

In a nutshell, the intention of the owners of the private banks that supplied the loans, created the euros, because of the lax attitude of the EU system watchdogs and controllers, is NOT to find a solution, rather to corner the people of a country, because they allowed their corrupt leaders to run up debt. And now threaten to throw the currency itself in front of the debt bus. Their goal is not to find a solution, their goal is to make as much money as possible, and once down that road of stuffing corrupt cronies with wads of euros, there's no other way than to follow up.

So, the only thing left now is to default. And the government is indeed out of touch with the people, if they think they can still push it through. That greek farmer, shopowner, or busdriver knows it's the end of the line. Win or lose. So do people in other mediterranean countries. When push comes to shove, there needs to be a REAL solution, otherwise they'll not agree.

Haircut time.

Sam Clemons's picture

Right.  I don't think I missed the mark too much despite your opening comment.  I know the lenders are guilty, and it is quite easy to recognize their scheme of lending fake money into existence.  It is the same scheme in the US, get the peasants - especially government employed peasants addicted to the fiat debt while eroding the actual economy, and then when the lenders threaten to pull the plug a lot of the peasants begin to recognize that their job doesn't actually have value (I'm not talking about busdrivers or teachers, I'm talking bureaucrats), that there aren't many "real" jobs left in the private economy, and they will come back like fiends for more fiat debt.

The borrower becomes servant to the lender.

I'm all for default.  Make the bankers eat it.  People just have to know it will be a long hard road ahead.  Not only to rebuild, but to fight off fiat bankers and their ilk until the end of time.

Reptil's picture

Yeah sorry, that's my way. I oppose shit. Find shit to oppose. Oppose the hell out of it. Must be celtic genes, also would explain sudden thirstyness for beer sometimes. Like now, but it's 3 AM so I'll ignore it. ;-)

Indeed a simular trick is being pulled in the USA.
I think the KEY to that strategy is that they do this in staged events. The events are in a logic followup to each other, related, but timed in such a way (years) that the ordinary people, and even the participants like elite who recieve money, can't really put 1+1 together.

1. APPRECIATION FASE: investments on a massive scale, preferred in a different currency than that of the recipients, aimed at a specific part of the country (industry, politicians, sometimes defence) The goal is to create a foothold.

2. PILLAGE FASE continuous stream of money, but now the industry is being dismantled, jobs outsourced, foreign defence contracts (bases) built and secured, technology that makes the country dependent of a third party put into place. The GOAL is then to cripple the abillity of the country to compete, independently, but to maintain a sense of "everything is going better" on the street and in the offices while sucking it dry. This could take years. The country is now part of a "global community" even when it's lost it's positive trade balance by now, and every hope to regain it.

3. RETRIBUTION/AUSTERITY FASE then after a few years the country or countries are not "investment opportunities" anymore, but deadbeats who are not productive and have a negative trade balance. Suddenly all kinds of things come to light. When that happens usually there's a shift in political leadership as well. The new leaders will instead of pamper to the industrialists and ruling elite, now adress the middle class (if any) and workers. At that moment all kinds of skeletons of the previous government will come rolling out of the closet. Nasty or stupid money deals, or just plain old corruption. The new government promises they'll try to fix it, and put austerity measures on people. Logical, it seems, since there's no more money. Past opportunities to build or expand a functioning industry and economy are then long forgotten. If possible the pillaging continues, invariably to fix the debt.


These practices take place all around the world, especially the western world. NO place is safe, because this is a supranational thing. The money suppliers have limitless access to cash, since they provide liquidity, and will flip a country like the USA (who is next) from lender to borrower in a very short timespan. Wars are a great way to run up debt. NONE of this is new. At some time, somewhere, someone figured it out, and since then the danger is there. If a country has a gold backed currency, that simply has to be robbed, depleted or even borrowed out (like in the case of Germany now), before fase 1 and 2 can commence, but often is kept in the public eye, to ease concerns. Corruption of the higher levels of government is key. This corruption will seep trough the country, paralising everything. Once done it's time for a new game, and the wounded country can either try to get up again (Argentina) or will be left to die (Japan).

so, yes, we agree. :-)


Sam Clemons's picture

Don't forget using pop stars like Lady Gaga to convince the youth that they are beautiful no matter if they are brain dead drunken robots or not.

Remember that no one is more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free individuals.

That is why democracy tricked everyone for so long.  People actually thought they had a say.  Inventors actually thought they got something back for dumping their genius onto humanity.  Instead people were just pawns, and those brilliant, hard working people's inventions were bought off with a few clicks of a button on a banker's computer.

Reptil's picture

no one is more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free individuals


And that is it, in a nutshell.

And people that have had dictatorship recently, Greek or Spanish, they know perhaps what to avoid.

The modern northern west? Not so much. Complacency and arrogance. It's all ok, until suddenly, it's not. And then ppl. will ask: "How the fuck did that happen?" And the answer will be "YOU agreed to it some years ago, moron, because you kept your mouth shut."

dolly madison's picture

"I understand hating being enslaved by the banksters, but I just don't understand how they will get what they want (good, high paying, easy jobs for doing nothing) either way."

Isn't that what we are all facing soon?  When this all crashes, we will all have to become self sufficient again, at least for a time.

ambrosiac's picture


Ehm...  calling HOAX on the tunnel story.


There may well be tunnels under the Parliament building...  but if you believe there is a six-mile one all the way to Piraeus I shall be very glad to sell it to you.

hpro123's picture

I also think the idiot that reported it (pic in the video screen) is making things up as he usually does. Sensationalism at its best! BUT...

... I know there IS a six-mile tunnel all the way to Piraeus. Let me restate that.. I KNOW there is more than one tunnels connecting downtown Athens to several of the outskirts of the city. In my adventurous youth I have even walked on for 3 miles leading near a northeast suberb (Papagou). If you beliece you can sell tehm to me I would love to buy them! :-)

WilliamShatner's picture

Go underground, bitchez!

The Fonz's picture

I know when I am trying to enslave people I gots some tunnels built just in case.  I gots tunnels all over the place man. I gots tunnels for border crossings, and for strippers in birthday cakes. I gots tunnels for booze and boxes of gold. I got me a tunnel that goes straight to the gates of heaven where tha man tells me how it's to be done!

InconvenientCounterParty's picture

I hate to break it to you fonz, that tunnel going down isn't going to heaven.

knukles's picture


Fucking functional, that.  Hiring foreigners to prep the escape tunnel shown on the telly to avoid the electorate when unemployment is through the moon.

Was Franz Kafka Greek?


HungrySeagull's picture


The big fat greek tragety unfolding in a tunnel publicly in full view on the world's media.

Mr Kurtz's picture

Maybe the proles should have a few guillotines lined up when the scurrying scum bags come pouring out of the tunnel. C'est la vie, bitchez!

CrashisOptimistic's picture

None of this matters.  Until bullets start going into brains, nothing is going to change.

Reese Bobby's picture

This no time for rosy optimism...

WonderDawg's picture

Thanks, dude, I needed that. Scrolling along all somber and then, BAM, a direct hit on the funny bone. Nicely done.

bigdumbnugly's picture

i was thinking maybe another Thermopylae moment.

cougar_w's picture

Yes, the subjugation of the Athenians is proceeding splendidly.

HamyWanger's picture

Hilarious. The PigMen will always find ways to escape. 

So will US Treasuries. The more sovereign turmoil there is, the more the rate on the 10yr seems to drop... while gold and silver get dumped in priority by the 'risk managers'. 

TheGoodDoctor's picture

Just in time for the remaining POMO.