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Normality Resumes In Greece: Riot Police Storm Acropolis Protest

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Time for some live coverage from Athens. From Sky News:

Baton-toting police have stormed the Acropolis clashing with government workers and blocking Greece's most sacrosanct archeological site for a second day.

The scuffles, watched by astonished tourists, erupted when police burst into the grounds of the landmark attraction through a side entrance.

Protesters clung onto the gates, defying repeated orders to clear the entrance.

At least 30 government workers had occupied the Acropolis overnight, barricading themselves inside and changing the padiock on the main gate to keep police out.

"A prosecutor was called in and orders were issued to clear them out," deputy culture minister Tylemachos Hytiris told the Athens-based Skai Television network.

Protestors clash with police

Wielding batons and firing two rounds of pepper spray, police pushed protesters away from the entrance and grabbed at least two employees who were whisked off in handcuffs.

A squadron of police officers remained at the gates, allowing tourists free entry to the 2,500 year old monument, Greece's biggest tourist atraction.

The culture ministry employees were protesting against plans by the government to scrap some 800 short-term contracts by the end of the month. They say they are already owed 22 months in back pay.

Greece is in the grips of a devastating financial crisis that has forced the socialist government to implement draconian austerity measures.

These include more than 9 billion euros (£8bn) in spending cuts in exchange for a 110 billion euro (£97bn) bailout.

Protestors clash with police

The package was authorised by the International Monetary Fund and the European Union to avert Europe's first sovereign bankruptcy.

Recurring protests and social unrest have caused immense damage to the Greek tourism industry and brought the country to a standstill on several occasions.

It remains unclear whether the demonstrators will resort to further action.


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Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:06 | 648852 Clark_Griswold ...
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OK everyone, this is the dress rehearsal for here.

Please pay particular attention to each style or anarchy present.

You will note which method works best for deflecting batons.......


WB7 we need a Rioting for Dummies manual as well.....

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:08 | 648859 scratch_and_sniff
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Hit em in the antena, they're useless without it.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:24 | 648906 hedgeless_horseman
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A better soundtrack for the video:

Can you imagine what the market would do if CNBC showed this video footage from Greece while playing Front 242?

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:20 | 648887 Sudden Debt
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Assault riffles



Greece is blessed that you can't just buy these things from the web.

Imagine a country about to riot that does offer these things and lets them be mailordered to your doorstep.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:21 | 648918 Clark_Griswold ...
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Oh Christ,  never thought about that.....never mind passing the popcorn, please pass the kevlar

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:26 | 648928 Sudden Debt
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You buy the BODY ARMOR BULLETPROOF MASK and YOU GET THE Frag Flak Vest Jacket Kevlar Body Armor FOR FREE!!



somebody needs some more Ammo? We've got sweet discounts on those to!!


Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:42 | 648989 Clark_Griswold ...
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can you throw in a kevlar cup?????


Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:06 | 648853 schaefdogschaef
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Akropolis adieu!

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:39 | 649166 Cognitive Dissonance
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The scuffles, watched by astonished tourists, erupted when police burst into the grounds of the landmark attraction through a side entrance.

This commentary needs to be punched up. Let me help.

The scuffles, watched by astonished American tourists, erupted when police burst into the grounds of the landmark attraction through a side entrance.

Much better. We Americans have been trained and conditioned so well that to rebel against authority is akin to missing a night of prime time TeeVee. God forbid that we would actually push back, let alone talk back, to those who control us. That's simply incomprehensible. Those Greeks are so primitive. Let's send Pfizer over with some sedatives and Viagra to straighten them out.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:06 | 648855 Goldenballs
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Sad,sad,sad.The "Rioters" look really evil and anarchistic instead of the middle aged bedrock of society types.Is this a vision of the future.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:08 | 648862 strenue
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Pissed off and not going to take it any more looks the same no matter where you are.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:43 | 648990 aldousd
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pissed off? maybe. For what though? That they aren't handed enough government largesse on a silver platter for the act of merely existing? People can't have it both ways. Either you WANT the government to feed and clothe you or you don't.  Just loving chaos no matter what the cause is a sure fire invitation for not only national and governmental disaster, but personal, as in you and your own family getting hurt or starving to death, disaster. It is one thing to demand justice, but it is quite another to just demand raving lunatics start throwing bombs around.  Being pissed off is one thing, but the reason matters.  These greek folks are asking for too much for nothing.  The government finally realized that they have no choice but to stop handing out too much for nothing. That's a good thing.  I cannot personally assign all of the blame to people who have been told all they have to do is breathe and they will be taken care of, but common sense needs to come in the door eventually.  Perhaps the most elucidating moment I've had with regard to union protests is when the head of the American Transport Workers' Union said when announcing yet anther city transit strike a few years ago, "A lot of people are thinking we are taking this to the brink. But it so happens that every time we went to the well before, there was something there."  Really? So you're trying to see how much you can get away with for doing ... nothing in particular but throwing a tantrum?  This is what I see the greek rioters as doing right now as well.  

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:31 | 649149 macholatte
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From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.
Karl Marx

and who decides?

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:58 | 649228 aldousd
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I'm not sure if you got it or not, but I'm not arguing in favor of marxism. quite the opposite.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:42 | 649187 plongka10
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Oh, so being owed 22 months backpay is nothing to get worked up about???

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 11:20 | 649284 Goldmund
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Who is stupid enough to work a job where you haven't been paid for 22 months?

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:44 | 649193 desgust
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You are so fucking stupid to understand anything!!!


Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:59 | 649234 aldousd
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I'm not even going to point out the irony of your insulting my intelligence with a stream of words that doesn't even make sense in english.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:58 | 649229 curbyourrisk
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Wanna see the vision of our future?  Go watch Demolition Man.  yeah it was a bad movie, but the premise is right here.  They are driving us underground, while crating their civil (pussy) society.  Cocteau Industries is the Federal Government.  What we need is an Edgar Friendly type person to step up......and a quasi John Spartan who likes it old school style.


Any volunteers????

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:09 | 648866 Sudden Debt
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Obama is blessed by the fact Americans are willing to let themselves being fucked sideways while singing the national anthem, otherwise this post could be about any American state.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:13 | 648879 Caviar Emptor
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Yeah, right. Only in a land where almost 50% of the population receives some form of pay or relief from the government and 40% of those with earned income pay no federal tax.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:25 | 649126 GeorgeHayduke
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All they need to do is put American flags on the uniforms, shields and batons of the enforcers, the Americans can't fight back for fear of desecrating the flag.

If that fails they will march uniformed military troops by the rioters. Whereby the rioters will fall to the ground in praise of "the heroes" like Muslim bowing to Mecca. Then they're easy targets.

The irony is the angry Tea Party folks who will be mad as hell about everything, yet still have a "I Support Law Enforcement" sticker on their car. I've given up trying to understand these folks.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:48 | 649203 GeorgeHayduke
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Ah yes, you have to junk it because it's much easier to point out the flaws of those welfare folks in Greece instead of looking in the mirror.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:57 | 649222 Cognitive Dissonance
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....yet still have a "I Support Law Enforcement" sticker on their car.

Ouch, you sound like me. Too much Cognitive Dissonance here to even try to approach this third rail. Bravo for the bravery.

I'm always amazed how even the war protesters, of which I am one, will denounce the war but VERY carefully say "But I love the troops." A classic example of the conversation being controlled by the opposition marking out which areas are verboten and thus out of bounds for discussion. Needless to say, I'm not very welcome among the war protesters.

No one wishes to discuss that if the masters didn't have storm troopers, there would be no masters. We can bitch and complain about the masters, but we must never talk about the master's support systems. Because that means we might need to look into the mirror. Besides, war pays my salary. Oops, was that my out-loud voice?

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 12:40 | 649602 TheDriver
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I didn't junk you but perhaps others did because you painted with such a wide brush. Supporting law enforcement is not the same as supporting the laws being enforced.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:12 | 648873 Caviar Emptor
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It's the death of deficits not counting anymore

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:14 | 648884 PlausibleDenial
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Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:15 | 648886 gigeze787
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Odd...I didn't see coverage on this on CNBC this am, as they did last May when it helped trigger a market decline...

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:17 | 648892 desgust
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Go Greeks, go!

Same for French, Spaniards!



Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:18 | 648901 doolittlegeorge
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"government worker vs government worker."  i would imagine they know each other as well. think it's just "following orders"?

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:18 | 648904 John McCloy
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Aren't police supposed to be guardians of liberty and justice?
Seems like lately they are the finger men/ banker mercenaries. When the law enforcement begins to finally see this for what this is and refuse to bash the growing size of protestors first of of fear and then sympathy then the game changes. The next step will be to bring in UN ad XE private armies to quell rebellions as the mainstream media attempts to portray the revolutionaries as anarchists.
On a long enough timeline freedom wins out. It always has throughout history and always will. People just want to be left alone and have a set of fair and just laws that apply to all classes of citizens.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:26 | 648935 Caviar Emptor
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Jack-booted justice, taser-wielding liberty. Freedom never wins without deliberate effort when things are left to themselves. 

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:21 | 648919 Rantly McTirade
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 Have the protesters figured out where the cops live yet?

 Probably much more effective than standing around waiting for them to run at them

 with batons........

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:28 | 648942 AGORACOM
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Take it from a Greek (in Canada) with good friends working in high places in Greece, things are much worse than anybody is letting on.  One of my friends has already abandoned his government job in the anti-trust division and is interviewing with investment banks in Canada.

He has told me quite clearly that the wealthy are taking their money out of the country and the young talent is leaving for anywhere but Greece. In his words "Greece is dead for the next 10 years.  There is no hope for Greece."

As much as I love the mother land, I have to agree.  I travel to Greece every summer and there isn't a chance in hell they can convince the people to make such radical changes to their lives overnight.



George ... The Greek .... From Canada

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:31 | 648952 nmewn
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Government employees attacking government employees...popcorn anyone?...ROTFL.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 11:15 | 649270 Andrew G
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Yea, it's quite entertaining, until rivers of blood start running down the streets.

I read this article on Greece, quite informative - Sounds quite accurate, I didn't know exactly how fucked up the whole Greek society was. One thing I find very difficult to swallow is that the local banks didn't contribute much to the mess... Right...

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 18:20 | 650962 nmewn
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Honestly, as long as they are attacking each other I could care less.

This is the intermission portion of the double feature...they'll return to attacking anyone with one drachma more than anyone else soon enough.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:40 | 648981 BurningFuld
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Greece will keep together somewhat until the Police figure out "Hey they are cutting my wages and pension too!" and go on strike with everyone else...then what? The army is called in? Hope Greece has a big loyal army. I see total chaos coming to Greece in the not to distant future.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 09:56 | 649037 wintermute
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Good thing the British Museum has no intention of ever sending the Acropolis marbles back to Greece. The Greek protesters would probably smash them into pieces to throw at their police.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:03 | 649060 George Costanza
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ZH'ers being informed like this is very important.   Watching CNBC you are clueless and being deceived.   Understanding world economic events makes is all aware of the underappreciated high risk in Equities.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:32 | 649151 americanspirit
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I wonder when protesters somewhere are going to figure out that a can of wasp & hornet spray is accurate up to fifty feet and is a lot nastier than pepper spray. I only mention this because I just had to clear a nest out of my barn this morning and then came back to my computer and saw these videos out of Greece. Click. I'm stocking up.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:48 | 649196 deez nutz
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could anyone advise proper dress for rioting? 

Would wearing a pair of previously owned Bruno Magli's, that were taken off of an incapacitated Wall ST. banker, be inappropriate?

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 11:24 | 649304 carbonmutant
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Helmets are de rigueur... for those who are serious.

These Greek riots have too many fashionistas.

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 11:30 | 649327 Dr. Richard Head
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Motorcycle protective wear, I think, would be a good inexpensive option -

Add in some wasp spray, some paint filled balloons to obscure the view of the royal quards, and don't forget a helmet and some sort of gas mask. 

Ready, set, riot!

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 21:49 | 651590 Buck Johnson
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Greece had to cut 9 billion in Euros for 110 billion in Euros loans.  Greece is going to default, how in gods name are they going to pay back 110 billion in Euros when 9 billion is looking like this.

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