Greek Ruling Party Members Rebel: Another MP To Vote Against Bailout So "He Can Safely Walk The Streets"

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Earlier today, we reported about Kozani Alekos Athanasiadis, a member of parliament for the Greek ruling PASOK party, who  in a radio interview said that he would vote against the medium-term program. Next up is Giorgos Lianis who has just tendered his resignation as a member of Pasok's central committee, but is keeping his parliament seat and will continue to serve as an independent, leaving the ruling Pasok party with 155 MPs. Athens News reports: "Commenting on the public anger over the austerity measures on the Alter television channel late last year, Lianis had declared his intention to leave politics in order to be able to safely "walk the streets." It is uncler what the state of the other 155 or so PASOK members will be when walking the streets should they indeed proceed to go ahead and vote on the medium-term fiscal program, whose discussions begin tomorrow and which is expected to see a vote on June 28. Elsewhere both the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and Radical Left Coalition (Syriza) announced that they will refrain from all Parliamentary procedures that concern the Mid-Term Fiscal Strategy, including participation in the competent committee and the Parliamentary plenary session. A statement issued underlined that "the anti-popular monstrosity is condemned and voted down because it serves the interests of plutocracy and levels off the rights of the workers and the people."

More details on Lianis' decision from Protothema:

Mr. Lianis is expected to make a public statement during the day. At the same time a government communiqué is also expected.

“I no longer believe in the economic policies that we have followed. Since we failed, we have been trying to hide the truth from the people”, states the four-page letter from the Florian MP.

“Everyone now admits that our economic policy was wrong. It is up to us to admit our mistake. It is up to us to apologize to the Greek people and to radically change our policies, as hard as that may prove”, he states.

Mr. Lianis notes that he voted for Memorandum 1, thinking that otherwise, Greece would go bankrupt and thousands of Greeks would remain unpaid.
“If the medium-term plan is the only thing that can save Greece from destruction, it should be decided on by a nationwide commitment of all parties and all Greeks”, he said.

“It would be wonderful for three or four parliament members to be able to save the country each time. Wonderful is one step away from ridiculous. I cannot be coerced to enter the same process again (…). Voting is coercive, and they should be anything but that. I cannot bear the Sisyphic burden that you are putting on our shoulders, while at the same time you baptize us as the country’s saviors. This is hypocritical”, states Mr. Lianis in the letter.

The MP also mentions the situation of his county, complaining that Florian has the highest unemployment rate in Greece and the European Union. Its train line has been denied since the line between Thessaloniki and Florina was described as sterile. Two sections of the university were closed reducing the students in the county by 2000. Mines are closed, the dam covering ten villages worth of water requirement has been shut down.

“Maybe we are talking about two types of borders” states Giorgos Lianis. “Achievemetns of 25 years of labour, made under your own contribution are either shrunk to nothingness of auctioned off”, he underlines, referring directly to the Prime Minister.

“Mr. President, we have humiliated, hurt and wronged the Greek people. A proud people, full of fighting spirit. That’s why the people humiliate us now. We have hurt and wronged Florina. I feel the urge to apologize to the Greeks and my compatriots. We have taken human dignity away from them”, he includes in his statement.

Last but not least, Mr. Lianis states that he does not intend to run in the upcoming elections and does not intend to resign. “It is neither fitting to my personal believes nor to the voters of Florina, that I would set another parliament member representative of the country. That will only be up to the people of the county in the elections”.

Lastly, a third PASOK member appears to have also resigned in symbolic revolt over what increasingly more even within the ruling party are realizing is treason of their own people:

The resignation of former MP and minister Antonis Kotsakas from the
PASOK National Council had preceded Mr. Lianis’. In a statement towards
the Prime Minister stated that he is quitting “the party formerly known
as PASOK”, clarifying that “I am not leaving the party. The party left

All this is happening as all eyes turn to Athens tomorrow, where a general strike is expect to paralyze the country, and hundreds of thousands will be piling in front of the Parliament as the protest meetings, so far peaceful, now enter into their 3 week.

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WilliamShatner's picture

Safety first, bitchez!

MonsterZero's picture

"hundreds of thousands will be piling in front of the Parliament"

Must be where they hand out the food stamps.

MonsterZero's picture

The Greeks been sucking on the welfare pig so long they don't know what to do with anything else. They're not protesting for being endebted forever or selling their children off, they're pissed because they won't be able to get as fat off the backs of people who actually produce something (germany etc.)

Josh Randall's picture

A Gyro up the Wazoooo for the first guy who sides with the banks and thinks he can avoid Riot Dog!

buzzsaw99's picture

why don't they quit paying parliament first? Never mind.

cranky-old-geezer's picture

Wish our congresscriminals had that fear.

agent default's picture

Vote from the rooftops bitchez!!!

Racer's picture

I will cheer with the people of Greece if they succeed in giving the finger to the banksters!

bingaling's picture

If this thing passes I dont think people will care if someone voted for it or not . When a mob is going berserk they don't take names .

cougar_w's picture

Lianis had declared his intention to leave politics in order to be able to safely "walk the streets."

One could also read that as "Anyone who stays after I leave is a crook and not to be trusted."

A curious thing happens when politics gets a really bad reputation; nobody bothers. And once nobody bothers with it, a lot of other inconvenient babies fly out that window along with the bath water. I've always figured that if I were a fucker and I wanted to take over a country, the first thing I would do is run all the good people out of politics, and out of public service. And demonize those trades. And undermine all faith in them. And leave nothing but clinical morons and blatant criminals to run things.

Thus leaving people with nothing else to work with to get things done except the oligarch class.

I'm a fucker but I'm not that kind of fucker. But I can promise you that someone out there will be.

Keep in mind their motives. Why do they want to you think and act the way you are? What's in it for them? Is everything really as bad as they say? What happens if we do give in, and give up? What then? Where will these guys be then?

And if you don't like the answers ... don't let them pull your strings.

This has been a public service announcement by People Who Know How to Think for Themselves.

XPolemic's picture

Greece has 300B EUR of liquid assets (land mostly) and an estimated 300B EUR of tappable oil reserves. Soooooo .... which countries have a history of messing with the internal politics of petrostates ....



slewie the pi-rat's picture

whatever it takes for these pols to feel secure in their own homeland. 

it's tough bein a bankster's shill, at times, ya know!

AldoHux_IV's picture

Redemption is best attained when one can empatize with their fellow countrymen, and resist all temptations to exploit them for meaningless political/material gain.

May more and more people find strength in their common bond in humanity versus the imposition of evil institutions that seek only to exploit and strip individuals of rights and opportunity.

theMAXILOPEZpsycho's picture

I don't expect floods of empathy from europeans towards north africans flooding into their countries...the bankers will play them against each other and retain control, simple as

gwar5's picture

Luvin' it.

Can't see Obamananke ever having the humility to say and do what this Greek guy said/did.

True: Tyranny is when the people fear the government, Freedom is when the politicians (and bankers) fear the people.

If the Greeks set themselves free, there will be global anti-bank momo. Firewall, bitchez!



slewie the pi-rat's picture

+ global anti-bank momo, g_5! 

Sudden Debt's picture

If the fireworks is made to make you look at it, look to the other side.

You'll probably see things others won't even notice.


Gringo Viejo's picture

"safely walk the streets".....I doubt it. To quote Ali....."if the right hand don't get 'ya then the left one will".

Moe Howard's picture

To quote 16 Tons:

"One fist of iron the other of steel,

If the right one don't get you then the left one will"

American Sucker's picture

Elsewhere both the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and Radical Left Coalition (Syriza) announced that they will refrain from all Parliamentary procedures that concern the Mid-Term Fiscal Strategy

So let me get this right: the Communists are trying to stop the Socialists from selling out to the Banking Elite?  Reality is too absurd for fiction.

YHC-FTSE's picture

When even the Irish journalists and politicians describe Greece as "the most dysfunctional state in Europe", it is time to give it a rest. Even the ECB doesn't want to bother anymore, and I don't think that's a ploy to hike up the rates. 


I know many here see Greece as the victim of a great injustice with the banker mafia sharks swimming offshore to put it in the chains of debt, but come on! The crux of this debacle is that the Greeks want the handout but don't want to work as long as their Northern neighbours, and they have wasted billions of Euros in subsidies from the EU which were given to improve their country, but instead went to civil service expansions and perks. I wish they would just default and see what it's like to live without the EU umbrella. 


Irish Times: "This, in many ways, is unsurprising. The chronic dysfunctionality of the Greek state is long established. Since independence almost two centuries ago, Greece has experienced civil war, uprisings, mass displacement of people, dictatorships and terrorism."

AFP: ECB tries to quash fruitless EU plans for Greece

Greater Fool's picture

Things are setting up nicely for die Griechische Anschluss.

carbonmutant's picture

Self interest is likely to trump party lines....

High Plains Drifter's picture

oh goody. its party time tomorrow......

greeks, get close to your buddy and make him smile......



Moe Howard's picture

How do you separate the men from the boys in Greece?




With a crowbar.

High Plains Drifter's picture

a story about a greek, a irishman and a jew and the pearly gates.

so, a jew, an irishman and a greek die in a car crash and end up at the pearly gates, and st peter say "sorry guys, we're all full up here today - I'll let you three live again, but if you sin ...poof, you will disappear into thin air and end up right back here again.

so the three are walking down the street and the irishman sees a beer delivery truck and this case of beer sitting alone on the street and decides to take a bottle, open it and drink it - poof, he disappears into thin air! wow, say the jew and the greek.

so now the jew and the greek are walking down the street and the jew sees this guy drop his wallet and sees a lot of green bills sticking out of it. So the jew bends over to pick it up and POOF!!! ..the jew AND the greek disappear into thin air!

dark pools of soros's picture

what those riots are really about...


they are just camping out like americans do!


theMAXILOPEZpsycho's picture

I have to say I really like the Greeks and the Icelandics, I've liked them since before all this and I like them even more now. Bravo! I have a wonderful affinity for the spanish too, so watch this space...the Irish, British, and Americans I'm not so keen on, so don't hold your breath...

High Plains Drifter's picture

well what do think the greeks really want? 

theMAXILOPEZpsycho's picture

to do an iceland: kick out the banksters



High Plains Drifter's picture

ok. say they do that. then what do they intend on doing? going back in time to a place where greece was much more farming oriented?  because it is a easy thing for them to say, well we want to kick out the banksters. but if they did this what would the real costs be?  are they willing to pay this price?  i am not sure. how long have they been a socialist country?  how long has it been since greeks were self reliant?  also , iceland did not get off of the hook yet. sure there are some problems, but i assure you, the people that are in control, feel, that iceland has a debt, that must be paid. you see what is happening to libya. this is what happens when someone does not do what they are told.?  we see what is happening now to iraq and afghanistan. we see what happened to chechnya. liberty for the captives is a precious thing and the price to achieve it is extremely high. just merely tussling with the cops and throwing little harmless petrol bombs and m80's is not going to cut it. the way i figure it, the ruling class , already has this all figured out and they are just playing out their string on this. to do what you say they want to do, will require much blood. much blood. mark my words.

Jasper M's picture

Something of an unfortunate choice of words: He WON'T vote for the package, so he Can "safely Walk the Streets" . . . 

= Will Not be a prostitute – so he can safely Be a prostitute?

dleddy14's picture

ah, duh. Art is a rarification of the truth. Fuck the bankers.

dleddy14's picture

I think the German's were building BMW's already at this particular point in history.


silverman's picture

Iceland pointed the way... throw out the government and jail the bankers. It worked out rather well for them.