Pictures From A Violent (And Media Blacked Out) Greek Exhibition

Tyler Durden's picture

Some may accuse us of simply recycling the same post over and over, with pictures of what appears like periodic violent rioting in Athens. Trust us: these are brand new, and the main reason why there is a seemingly massive media blackout of the events in Greece is because the journalists themselves are on strike. Luckily, the WSJ has compiled the following selection of pictures showing just how ugly the reality in an otherwise civilized European country has become. And since much of the proposed next round of austerity spending cuts would come from reducing wage costs in the
public sector, cuts in operating expenses at state-owned enterprises,
and reduced defense and health-care spending, the vicious cycle of ever more violent demonstrations will continue as even more cuts are implemented, and as the true depths of the Greek economic depression become self-evident.

Young protester ran as riot police hit others during clashes in Athens on Wednesday. A largely peaceful protest by tens of thousands of Greeks was marred by violence late in the day.

Riot policemen ran through a cloud of tear gas to avoid fire from an exploding petrol bomb. Hundreds of youths wearing ski masks hurled water bottles, firecrackers and other objects at police who responded with tear gas and pepper spray.

Tens of thousands people filled the streets in Athens for a demonstration.

Demonstrators shouted slogans during the protest in Athens. The strike, the second to be called this year, comes just days before the government is due to present Parliament with €26 billion in further spending cuts and tax increases to slash the budget deficit over the next five years.

Transport services also were disrupted, with ferry and rail services suspended after dockworkers joined the strike.

Public transportation around the capital operated on a reduced schedule, and flight operations were hit by a four-hour walkout by air-traffic controllers.

Protesters fought with riot police during the demonstrations.

Journalists also joined in the strike, leading to a blackout of all radio and television news programs.

Protesters lay on the street after clashes with riot police

In May last year, Greece narrowly avoided default with the help of a €110 billion bailout from the EU and the IMF in exchange for measures to cut its bloated budget deficit and reform its economy.

A demonstrator kicked a riot police.

Riot police clashed with demonstrators. Much of the spending cuts would come from reducing wage costs in the public sector, cuts in operating expenses at state-owned enterprises, and reduced defense and health-care spending.

Demonstrators are arrested by riot police

A protester with his face covered in blood looked on during the clashes

A recent public opinion poll shows that Greece's socialist government enjoys some measure of support among the wider public for its reforms, which are seen as correcting decades of stifling overregulation in the economy and mismanagement in the public sector.

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Xibalba's picture

Now if only we could import THAT!

GOSPLAN HERO's picture

Coming to a neighborhood near you, soon!

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Do the riot police know they are about to receive pay/pension cuts, if they are not fired outright?

Alpha Monkey's picture

Are they?  In wisconson the police were going to be excluded from the union busting measures... hmmm, I wonder why?

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

The uproar concerning Fire and Police pensions is loud and clear, and without any stats in front of me, I have heard many department cuts have already happened.

nkktwotwozero's picture

When they came for the....


I know shit's bad right now, with all that starving bullshit, and the dust storms, and we're running out of french fries and burrito coverings.

destiny's picture

Oh...before YOU run out of french fries and buritos, take a look at this....


This should give a pretty good insight on what's coming your way as well...

Sudden Debt's picture

The Firebeer from the last picture?

Looks strong :)



But to be honest, I wonder what will happen in the US when they wait 2 to 3 months longuer with QE3 than most people think.

Pensions: gone

SS: gone

Government jobs: gone

no more payments to govenrment contracts


could get nasty if you ask me.



Dr. Richard Head's picture

Either that is the Fire Rock Pale Ale from Kona Brewing Company or my personal favorite the Ember Bock. 

MiguelitoRaton's picture

Sadly, that firebeer is also an import from Germany, the Greeks are screwed...

Sudden Debt's picture

I don't know if it's a bad thing.

It sure looks like those cops are dancing of joy!

They are on fire!!




gorillaonyourback's picture

SADLY coming to a neighborhood near you:(

JW n FL's picture

no its not! people here have guns! and as much as the police have proven to like to shoot into crowds in the past.. you can imagine that this go round "We the People" will not take being gunned down by someone in uniform laying down.


So, the Corporate, Lobby Owned Government will lose the trigger happy high school educated police on "We the People" after some forced Austerity Measures of course.. that way "We the People" can be good and hungry while this spools up!

RonnieHonduras's picture

Missing the point. See Wisconsin for who will be in the streets when the government has to cut its budgets by 20%++ to make ends meet, with the welfare crowd getting massive cuts... Heck, with a tax code simplification, you may even see CPAs and tax attorneys, etc. etc. protesting in the street as their parasitic proboscises are cut off!

Then there's simple inflation that will consume the rest of their wealth.

Granted, the rest of us better have guns to protect our own property from the marauding hordes, especially since the police here will probably go on strike because their benefits are cut.

gorillaonyourback's picture

do you think the greek people want to be doing this?  they have no choice, just like we will soon have no choice.  unless you have been in a revolution i would suggest to you it aint all its cracked up to be

RonnieHonduras's picture

It's not all the Greek people, just the majority that's hooked to the government teat directly or indirectly.

IF you have something of value to exchange others with something of value, you will do relatively well here... so long as you can protect your stuff from the fools who are experts on video games, sitcoms, Rap, blowing off HS education, having kids out of wedlock left and right, etc.

grekko's picture

I may be overly optomistic, but I think most people are not going to be a problem, at least not until they get hungry.

Hephasteus's picture

I think there won't ever be much attempt at peaceful resolution. I think once america gets lit it will be all out war till government collapese and becomes controlled by the people again or the government drives everybody who resists away and simply keeps the losers it can control. They won't push things if numbers are not in their favor. As soon as they are push away.

Sudden Debt's picture

This weekend I was have a drink with a good friend of mine who recently bought him some rifles.

Not the pussy shit kind, but a AK47,AK49, AS50 and a beast called M82 with very big bullets that can go through metal plates.

So I asked him where the fuck did he buy that?!

Switzerland. And all the ammo go could put in hir car.


He got the idea because his other friends where also buying them.

So it got me thinking that if these kind of situations keep on going, and the crowds start to arm themselves with army types of weapons while cops only carry 9mm's, that if a big fight would break out, you'd better stay indoors.



DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Sudden Debt!  You bring us very good news from Europe.  The more WE (USA) and YOU (Europe) have guns, the better.

JW above is right.  I doubt the police could get away with much deadly force until we fight back.

Id fight Gandhi's picture

Remember the incident that happened in 2004 with the "killdozer" Some guy took out his anger on a town. He was a machinist and a welder who armed a bulldozer like a tank. There's YouTube of the story.

CynicLaureate's picture

It was Marvin John Heemayer


His town council tried to close his business by landlocking it and preventing his customers from getting to him.  He took revenge by detroying the businesses owned by the town council members who were out to get him.


He is an example of Gerard Celente's maxim: when people lose everything, they have nothing left to lose, and they lose it.


I only kill chickens and wheat's picture

Our LEO's here carry .40 SW sidearms with a 12 ga Shotgun in the patrol car, and most have M4/M16 in the trunks.

trav7777's picture

Riot police here have deadly weapons, LORADs, pain beams, lasers, and a complete and total willingness to use them.  Snipers would shoot whomever was armed in the head and if they kill someone else, oh well.

They will deal with protests like Syria or Libya does.

bob_dabolina's picture

The right to bear arms wasn't put into our constitution to protect us from foreign invaders. The founders included that lil' humdinger to allow the people to protect themselves against their government.

It was attributed to Yamamoto that he once said it would be impossible to invade the mid-region of the United States because a gun would be hiding behind every blade of grass. Though there is some controversy over wether or not he actually said it, the point is resounding unto itself.

So sure the government could use those methods against us but could you imagine being a troop in the middle of NYC with a gun pointing out of every window?

The citizens of Syria throw rocks. We have guns.

Reptil's picture

Yes, but face it; they have Apache Gunships and Killer Drones...

You'll need advanced AAMs to make somewhat of a dent.

Ironically, your best bet would be to call on the regular army.

But personally.... I'm not very positive, unless the masses wake up before SHTF.

If people are not expecting it (and trust me, they aren't), they'll panic. That's what the FEMA camps are for...

"Run fools, RUN" Gandalf

Urban Redneck's picture

The US military has a well demonstrated ability to destroy an adversary's tanks & helicopters.  Their inability to cope with small groups armed primary with small arms is equally well demonstrated.  The combined populations of Afghanistan and Iraq are around 60 million, with a much smaller land area which allows for greater US troop concentration, yet success is elusive.  War is hell, but the US cannot win a war against its own people. 

Rynak's picture

Exactly.... all their fancy hightech vehicles are fucking useless in urban civil war, unless they want to massacre everyone and leave only scorched earth.

Urban civil war is fought by soldiers and the population, not vehicles.

ebworthen's picture


You mean like the L.A. Riots or Katrina where the cops went home to protect their own?

If the shit really hits the fan the cops will be outnumbered 10,000 to 1; and the cops here are used to obedient masses.

Sure, they're good at beating up one or two kids, but not a city block.


treemagnet's picture

Exactly - the social fabric will come apart in a second 'cause just like you said, the cops et al will not be there to do shit.

Cathartes Aura's picture

June 24, 1996
Web posted at: 6:25 p.m. EDT

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) -- Eleven years after police dropped a bomb on a row house occupied by the anti-government group MOVE, a jury has ordered the city of Philadelphia and two former city officials to pay $1.5 million to a survivor and relatives of two members of the group who died in the subsequent fire.

The jury found that the city, former Police Commissioner Gregore Sambor and former Fire Commissioner William Richmond used excessive force and violated the MOVE members' constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure in the May 13, 1985 incident...

Police officers arrived at the MOVE home at 6221 Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia on the morning of May 13, 1985 to serve arrest warrants on four MOVE members, and were met with gunfire, authorities said. Police fired back, touching off a 90-minute gun battle. . .

Later that day, police dropped the bomb on the MOVE row house from a state police helicopter. The bomb missed its target -- a fortified bunker on the roof -- and started a fire that burned an entire city block.

and that was before the police were heavily militarised - don't even think they won't use their new toys on "domestic terrorists". . .

Piranhanoia's picture

Snipers start as plinkers, then targets, then some hunt.  Most don't become police. They just become expert.  Their numbers alone neutralize the combined numbers of the police, guard and army. Then you have the average citizen with one firearm that also equal all potential enforcement personnel.  Don't bother to count the many familes that have several things in common. There are multiple members, there are multiple guns, there are relatives and friends and the rest of their community they feel they are a part of.  Then you must ask how many police are going to fire on their friends? If one does,  will it might take down the whole community and cause all the police to be targeted?

You really ought to stop talking through your sphincter and learn to count with more than your digits. 

Debt is Slavery's picture

Nothing to stop someone else from picking up the downed man's weapon and keep on blasting.

Money Squid's picture

The thugz would use guns. The nerds will make/buy already have 1w hand held lasers to blind the cops with, plus you can use their radios to give counter information, jam frequencies, hack their computer systems. There is a long list of non-lethal tactics to drive the police back.

Say, where is Annonymous with their attack on the Fed?

sgt_doom's picture

Once again I feel the need to compliment JW in FL's thinking.

In the Puget Sound region (Seattle-Tacoma, WA), awhile back the local radio types (all neocon swill, regardless of how they claim to be "liberals" -- exception is KEXP, 'natch) were all shocked at the outpouring of negative emotion against the local police after one had been killed, and a group of four were murdered.

These neocon morons of the airwaves simply couldn't understand the frustration, rage and disgust among the populace for all things corrupt in the land.

There is no media in Amerika, and only the neocons and neolibs choose to believe otherwise.

Cathartes Aura's picture

"I Power KEXP" *nods*

best music, hands down. . . "news" is best imbibed in small, considered increments nowadays, ZH gives good dosage.

silvertrain's picture

we keep adding benefits here in the US..Believe me, start taking some of them away and see what happens..Tell Chicago,Ill or LA that there is going to be a deep cuts in all social programs and you will see whats up..

Urban Redneck's picture

The cities can burn when they cut benefits, they are non-sustainable anyway without huge external support infrastructure (farms & garbage dumps).  The more interesting show will be the latest resurrection of the 200+ year old urban-rural divide, which will not be played out within city limits.  It's one those subjects that is not necessarily covered very well in the literature examing recent economic collapses. 

trav7777's picture

sure it is...ferfal goes over this very thing in his writings.

The city is the place to be.  In rural areas, if the power goes off, nobody gives a fuck.  There are no infrastructure services out there because of the dearth of voters and people who will rise up and burn shit.  There are no police either, consequently the country is a dangerous place to be.

Obviously, we have a more well-behaved demographic in most rural areas than the mestizos in latin america, but that has changed due to migration patterns.

SoNH80's picture

Too bad somebody junked you Trav, thumbs down to that.  But IMHO, the country has an edge.  Cities will become uninhabitable in a jiffy w/out constant food resupply and 100% reliable power.  Out in the country and outer suburbs, people know how to deal with power outages, they sometimes know/trust their neighbors, and are of grittier stuff than the average city dweller.  I've lived in big cities, I've lived in small towns, I'd take the small town any day. 

TSA gropee's picture

Ditto to that SoNH80. The problem with being in the city is that the mid to larger cities already have an organized and active gang and criminal infrastructure ready to pounce on a populace that by and large are disarmed by regulations. I would think they would be less likely to venture into the rural areas when the local areas around them are target rich environments and the pickings are easy. 

UninterestedObserver's picture

You make zero sense - "the city is the place to be" if there is no food,power,water,garbage service and thousands of hungry people burning shit? New Orleans and LA are great examples of how fast the city is not the place to be during any kind of societal breakdown or disaster

Urban Redneck's picture

One blogger does not a truth make.  Especially if his frame of reference is as a city dweller.  Two generalizations about rural America- they don't like bad manners and they don't like outsiders. 

The oral histories of the Great Depression in the US paint a starkly different picture than the sanitized history books.  In the run up to current economic clusterfuck there has been better access to information and easier access to credit than during the run up to the Great Depression so fewer people are likely to be caught off guard and completely unprepared if that scenario plays out.

However, the rural population can be broken into two distinct groups- those that are social and seek some form of social order, and those that are anti-social and seek complete independence from or elimination of any social order. 

I think there may be a struggle around independence and societal structure within the rural communities before any broader urban-rural, regardless the end result would not be appealing to most urban types, but probably not that big a change for most of us who live in the country.  In the most simplistic terms - does one fleeing urban breakdown encounter barter town or deliverance?   

Either way it sucks to be a city boy. 


lynnybee's picture

"deep social cuts" ?   .......... how about the fact that WALL ST. looted the pension funds & the U.S. BANKING SYSTEM is insolvent so they are trying to take a little from those who have the least !  ........ We sure could have done a lot of social program & infrastructure spending with the money that was in the T.A.R.P. , not to mention the other trillions that Bernanke just handed to Wall St.   GOLDMAN & A.I.G., G.M., + others should have gone bankrupt.   

Or, how about just doing a 1% tax on all financial transactions that the big investment banks & Wall St. are involved in know, that $1.5quadrillion in WORTHLESS PAPER, start taxing those fuckers; elderly won't starve to death.

rustymason's picture

+1.  That is what kills me about these riot reports.  They make it look like the people are all just spoiled brats protesting cuts in their free handouts.  The reporter never mention that many are protesting the $ stolen by the banksters and corrupt government.  It's because the MSM and the banksters are blood brethren and don't rat on each other.

JW n FL's picture  Treasury Direct $14 Trillion Debt /   $15 Trillion in Loans /  / ='s $29T


Poor People or "We the People" did NOT get a Total of 5% of the $30 Trillion above! ALL of it went to AAA Rated Wanker Banker Douche' Bags!