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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suldog's picture

They'll just steal more to cover the taxes.  

Getting rid of them is the only real cure.

Gene Parmesan's picture

It can't be imported, it would have to be manufacured domestically.

metastar's picture

People are starting to hold those in power accountable.

Someone has to do it.

Missiondweller's picture

The riots are not about accountability, its about their desire to suck on the government teet a little longer despite the fact there is no more fiat money to go around.

 

Here in CA we are just beginning to see what happens when unions cannot keep their lavish pay and benefits.

gorillaonyourback's picture

and your desire is to be you own island,,,, fucktard.  it about government serving the global elite not its people

Dr. Richard Head's picture

Exactly.  Globally, the bankers have been paid off for the loses which are put onto the backs of the people.  The people then get hit with austerity.  Austerity would not be needed if the banksters did not empty the coffers.  Goldman plays a large role in this Greek Tragedy.

This is not socialism versus capitalism.  This is the serfs vs. the banksters.  I wish people would wake the fuck up.  Of all places I though ZH would be pretty consumed with those paying attention.  Assjack above you just proved that assumption wrong.

Alex Kintner's picture

+10. Agree 100%.

But if you are looking for progressive thinkers, ZH may not be the right place. Seems to be an equal number of "Fair Playing Field" vs "Greed is Good" types here.

Dr. Richard Head's picture

Much easier to blame the victims of rape than to blame the aggressor.  Paper money is the vehicle that gives the population the ability to argue on the edges of a problem rather than go after the root cause.  If sound money were around - a one world currency I could agree with - then the politicians couldn't hand out so much corporate welfare and could instead look after its own.

I am all for a New World Order if that included sound money, sound banking, and true sovereignty.

Tapeworm's picture

Junked for the "fuck" word. You are better than that, so why use it?

BorisTheBlade's picture

Junked for not being consistent with your own standards.

Alex Kintner's picture

So what is the "lavish pay and benefits" in CA?

We found out in WI that teachers make $40-50K a year. Which ain't lavish in my book. And that was after all the politicans equated teachers with Satan.

trav7777's picture

$200k to a fucking LIFEGUARD?!?!

JW n FL's picture

everyone! get in your cars! we are all going to be lifegaurds at newport beach!

$200k w/ a benefits package? to sit at the beach and smoke weed? really?

just kidding, I hate the pacific.. to cold to swim in.. I am very much a warm water swimnerd!

I like fishing west coast (coasta rica, calcutta in cabo.. yada yada)! but no swimming!

ATM's picture

That doesn't include the value of the promised benefits that the teachers collectively bargained for witht he politicians they elected.

Add those in and how much to WI really make?

(BTW, my wife was a WI teacher.)

ebworthen's picture

Missionsdweller:

Get a grip and get off the neocon/liberal bullshit wagon.

You are basing your self-esteem on a fantasy of self-reliance while all the freedoms and rights of said fantasy have been rescinded and trampled.

Figure it out before someone figures it out for you.

TSA gropee's picture

Self esteem? By what screwed up method of thought did you get self esteem? Time to put the crack pipe down.

JW n FL's picture
by Missiondweller
on Wed, 05/11/2011 - 14:26
#1264213

 

The riots are not about accountability, its about their desire to suck on the government teet a little longer despite the fact there is no more fiat money to go around.

 

Here in CA we are just beginning to see what happens when unions cannot keep their lavish pay and benefits.

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http://goo.gl/FnxBZ  Treasury Direct $14 Trillion Debt / http://goo.gl/TMl74   $15 Trillion in Loans / http://goo.gl/EXzal  / ='s $29T

 

I Promise that the Poor People of America did not get 2% of the $30 Trillion Fucking Dollars that the bankers have gotten!

Mountainview's picture

This is the opening of the Greek debt endgame...Final outcome:Greece out of the EURO with a new Drachma and debt restructuring...

Soon as well in your neighbourhood...!!!!

alangreedspank's picture

 

I don't think that'll happen on such a large scale in north america. The culture of entitlement on state largesses is not as bad as it is in Greece.

 

shazbotz's picture

damn straight skippy

 

 

GOSPLAN HERO's picture

Rally around the Red Banner, comrades!

prole's picture

Gosplan Hero- I find your call to the barricades to be far more honest and refreshing than the disgusting "downwithbankers".

Scottj88's picture

Coming to a country near you

Ruffcut's picture

Austerity bitchezz,

coming here soon

JW n FL's picture

http://goo.gl/FnxBZ  Treasury Direct $14 Trillion Debt / http://goo.gl/TMl74   $15 Trillion in Loans / http://goo.gl/EXzal  / ='s $29T

 

I Promise that the Poor People of America did not get 2% of the $30 Trillion Fucking Dollars that the bankers have gotten!

Scottj88's picture

Coming to a country near you

tpberg7's picture

Anarchy Bitchez!

Josh Randall's picture

These folks are getting their Socrates-ON

tmosley's picture

This is not anarchy, this is just violence.  There is a not very subtle difference.

buzzsaw99's picture

The stupid cops are on the side of the bankstas.

JW n FL's picture

Corporations Own the Lobby!

 

The Lobby Owns the Government!

 

Law Enforcement works for the Duly Elected Lobby Whores!

 

We the People = Screwed!

 

No magic.. just the facts.

buzzsaw99's picture

the people in desperate need of a beat-down are far away laughing.

Pepe's picture

can't help the feeling of nostalgia

SWRichmond's picture

Wisconsin: this is the next step, and it's a baby step from what has already occurred there.  Take away the free shit from the dependency class?  Riots, baby!

The party will begin shortly.  Got PT?

Edit: road march tonight.  Thanks for the motivation.

Hacksaw's picture

Yep, but you don't see dip shit Walker attacking welfare, food stamps or subsidized housing, he attacks workers. He's not against the hand out plantation, he wants to put more of us on it.

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Federal workers seem to survive w/o collectively bargained benefits. Or is Obama attacking workers too by letting that travesty continue? Why can't workers in borderline insolvent states get by with Federal work rules?

sethstorm's picture

Nice Walker talking point there, but could you try something more original?