Streaming Video From Syntagma Square - First Day Of Greek General Strike

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It's time for your daily Syntagma (not to be confused with Stigmata...yet) square live video feed, where things already are starting to have a far more violent tone compared to the primarily peaceful protests so far this year, courtesy of a substantially larger police presence as over 5,000 cops are expected to join the festivities. The protest marks the first day of the previously reported 48 hour general strike which will culminate with tomorrow's decision on the 5 year mid-term austerity plan.

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More details on the strike from Athens News:

The strike is set to disrupt or halt most public services, with doctors, ambulance drivers, journalists and even actors at a state-funded theater joining the protest, which is to continue Wednesday.
Flights will be grounded both days during stoppages by air traffic controllers between 8:00 a.m. and midday and between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. (0500-0900 GMT and 1500-1900 GMT).

The Greek union position on the proposed austerity is not precisely surprising:

Unions are angry at a new €28 billion austerity programme that would slap taxes on minimum wage earners and other struggling Greeks, following months of other cuts that have seen unemployment surge to more than 16 percent.
The package and implementation law must be passed in parliamentary votes this week so the European Union and the International Monetary Fund release the next installment of Greece's €110 bn bailout loan. Without it, Greece faces the prospect next month of becoming the first eurozone country to default on its debts - a potentially disastrous event that could drag down European banks and affect other financially troubled European countries.
"These measures are a massacre for workers' rights. It will truly be hell for the working man. The strike must bring everything to a standstill," said Thanassis Pafilis, a lawmaker with the Greek Communist Party that will lead one of Tuesday's main rallies.

What was surprising was the fact that Greece is now openly leaving the door open for another renegotiation, something the EU will certainly not enjoy:

"I call on Europe, for its part, to give Greece the time and the terms it needs to really pay off its debt, without strangling growth, and without strangling its citizens," he said.
Papandreou's new finance minister, Evangelos Venizelos, said the government acknowledged the new cuts were "unfair." He said Greece wants to conclude negotiations for a second bailout by the end of the summer "at the latest," and he urged opposition parties to abandon their opposition to the austerity programme.
"These measures will take us from running budget deficits to achieving primary surpluses. It's a difficult but necessary step," Venizelos said.
The Socialists, with traditionally strong ties to the striking unions, have struggled to contain a party revolt against austerity.
Papandreou has a majority of five seats in parliament, but at least one Socialist lawmaker has said he will vote against the government on Wednesday, with another dissenter undecided - prompting dire warnings from senior government officials.

We will bring more as the day develops.


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alexwest's picture

#It's time for your daily Syntagma (not to be confused with Stgimata

and not with StIgmata :)))))))


Dr. Eldon Tyrell's picture


Stigmata Martyr?


In a crucifixation ecstasy,
Lying cross chequed in agony. 
Stigmata bleed continuously, 
Holes in head, hands, feet, and weep for me.

Rodent Freikorps's picture

The Cruxshadows - Citadel

I see storms on the horizon

I see the tempest at the gates
I see storms on the horizon,
and a citadel alone
Clinging brave, defying fate

And I will stand here at the gates to face the onslaught fighting
Without surrender or defeat

With Troy besieged by tyrants' greed - (tyranny)
In Hector's memory, God willing
We shall save this victory
Without surrender or defeat

rabidbat's picture

Stigmata oh you sordid sight

Stigmata in your splintered plight

Look into your crimson orifice

In holy remembrance

In scarlet bliss

FOREX loop.'s picture

Time to turn survivalist. Even our college students, the obama generation are starting to wake up. Slowly... But then we elders haven't been able to control the boat for a while.

^- a survivalist blog post that inspires me.

3rdWorldAmerica's picture

Looking for a way to play this austerity? How about Tear gas companies and High Pressure hose companies. I'm thinking with all this austerity this could be HUGE! Think of the contagion and the countries that will be hosing their people down, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Italy, Spain and eventually the US.

Anyone have any tips in this sector? WOW!

goldenbuddha454's picture

Nice, a view of the USA a few years from now.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Oh Golden One, your time-line may be optimistically off. By a few 10's of weeks.

I think we are looking at months at most. And that is optimistic in my opinion. All the test runs seem to have been completed.

The usurpation of rights goes unpunished daily. Notice the increase in police brutality, the taser deaths.

And perhaps the biggest sign of all that the un-wind is near is the possible de-criminalization of pot (yay! eh?, not really, see what it really means. .gov will control and all those poor pot related jailbirds, who were put in there in the first place due to specious laws, coming out hardened criminals, ready to graduate on their own to "harder" stuff).

And th emid-west is on a hair-trigger. Can you imagine a new madrid quake in the midst of all that si currently going on there?

Why the Afghan pullout? Poppy control is probably almost complete now (not GWB, the other poppy).

And while I'm at it, there is a high probability of severe weather/earth events this week according to Piers Corbyn. He's been spot on so far. What can you do? Nothing of course. But not being Shocked by events leads to calm minds and rational decisions.


Putty's picture

Poppy control is not complete.  Soldiers are instructed to not destroy the poppy and marijuana fields, as the Taliban will punish the farmers for their destruction.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Fascinating eh, Putty?

For the in-qureying mind, the world is an open secret.


High Plains Drifter's picture

I am very worried about the situation in Nebraska with the two nuclear plants and the flooding. This situation could get out of control very easy. If this happens, not sure what this means for the United States. The whole thing with the intense rain in some places and the intense droubt in others and the flooding at the nuclear plants and the comedy of errors comitted by the people who run those plants all seems contrived to watching a movie script unfold before our very eyes.....

GeorgeHayduke's picture

Relax HPD. My wife heard last night that the "experts" and government officials said  there's nothing to worry about with those nuke plants. So hey, it just has to be 100% safe if we've got those folks saying it's safe just like they did in Japan. Oh wait....

falak pema's picture

They've got a direct 911 line to TEPCO in case there is a tsunami-cyclone-earthquake-flooding-Obama visit type event. It's covered by the best!

LFMayor's picture

The flooding on the Missouri river is not the result of increased or torrential rainfalls.  There was larger than average snowfall, the Corps of Engineers knew about it and could have corrected it well before it became a problem but are being mandated by ecophiles to bring the river back to it's "pristine, natural" state to help endangered species. 
Ann Barnhardt has some posts at her place about this in detail, as well as some disclosure on Feds offering to buy flooded farm grounds.

I agree with your script, just not the weather control part.  It's much simpler than that, lay Occham on it.

You and ORI are both spot on, the whole breadbasket region is a powder keg right now, flash mobs in Peoria Il? LOL, that's what the movie critics used to gauage by.  "Will it play in Peoria". Lose the breadbasket, and you all know the cliche about 3 meals away from ending civilization.

High Plains Drifter's picture

It is my understanding that those sons of bitches had ample time to deal with this flooding issue but chose to try and go the cheap route. I sure hope they did not muck this up.  Frankly some very tall and very sturdy earthen berms should be around all of those plants that are in these flood plains like this. now God help us, if that water somehow gets inside of the generator room or whatever. This is why I want a end to this nuclear power madness.

LFMayor's picture

says who?  The paid shills for the local wannabee mainstream media?  The city government, desperate to hold the lid on a boiling kettle a little while longer?
This article stinks of damage control, and poorly executed at that. 
Peoria has a large concentration of, shall we say, Flash Mob susceptible denizens

 flash mobs have been all the rage in Chicago, a mere hour and half away drive, seconds by texting

 gang contacts and affiliations are spread throughout the smaller metro areas throughout Illinois thanks to the johnny appleseed program enacted after the "Good Times" section 8's were demolished in Chicago a few years back.  Peoria, Champaign, Bloomington, Joliet, Normal, Rockford, Decatur, Springfield now all seed plots growing nicely.

It's real and will get more real.

Putty's picture

don't forget about Wayne and Garth's hood, Aurora!

Oh regional Indian's picture

Good points up thread and here LFMayor. The powderkeg is well stuffed and dry, it's just everythign else that is wet of burnign up! :-)



Hook Line and Sphincter's picture

Months at least? 

Recently, our good chap Jim Willie did a wonderful job at elucidating the gaggle of swans that are coloring the sky black. Problem is, rather than being an argument for a blow out economic collapse, it rather seems like a distorted reflection of our assumptions.

Take a look at this detailed list of breaking points, then ask yourself, how is it actually possible that an implosion hasn't occurred? The very list itself is an argument against an uncontrolled collapse! The answer is that we are not considering the crux and heart of the apex occult system that's in place. Of course there is historical precedent to the direction and destruction of fiat systems, however, there are deeper powers at work this time, and global variables that exist currently that were not existent in prior examples.

3 years since the first controlled detonation. Perhaps there is nothing stopping another 3, 6, 9 years from floating the same way if the PTB desired it to be so. I do doubt it though, as I speculate the original reason for this new and improved fiat system was not just plain usury and control for control and fear sake. It seems the installation of the Fed was timed appropriately to abscond with the worlds labor since 1913, and who's primary goal was to create a safety valve for their 'humanity' to survive the up coming exogenous event (which I'm positive you are aware of). 

High Plains Drifter's picture

Yeh , Jim Willie, posting live from Costa Rica.


Et tu Jimmy?

Oh regional Indian's picture

Very interesting HLS. And yes, Exogenous event straightish ahead.

All things considered, I think we are coming to a rather harsh end to illusion.


walcott's picture

have a few nuclear meltdowns like japan and never have to worry about about any kind of land invasion ever again. It's only toxic wasteland.


Rodent Freikorps's picture

Sometimes the truth is something you have to look past the surface for.

Ollie North's Fox episode on the efforts to destroy the Taliban's money source of the opium trade, I'm betting accidently, on purpose, showed they did blow up the product, but failed to destroy the field.

Makes you say Hmmmm.

Hdawg's picture

Nice link Spirit Of Truth....

Don't worry the Israeli trolls always monologue directly underneath in order to break up the thread...


Keep up the good work :) ... they'll be getting theirs shortly.

Gully Foyle's picture

Rodent Freikorps

How quickly people buy into the new lie.

Soviet period (1979–1989)

As the Afghan government began to lose control of provinces during the Soviet invasion of 1979-80, warlords flourished and with it opium production as regional commanders searched for ways to generate money to purchase weapons, according to the UN.[6] (At this time the US was pursuing an "arms-length" supporting strategy of the Afghan freedom-fighters or Mujahideen, the main purpose being to cripple the USSR slowly into withdrawal through attrition rather than effect a quick and decisive overthrow.)

In 1995 the former CIA Director of this Afghan operation, Mr. Charles Cogan, admitted sacrificing the drug war to fight the Cold War. "Our main mission was to do as much damage to the Soviets. We didn't really have the resources or the time to devote to an investigation of the drug trade," he told Australian television. "I don't think that we need to apologize for this. Every situation has its fallout. There was fallout in terms of drugs, yes, but the main objective was accomplished. The Soviets left Afghanistan." [7] [8]

As explained by Zbigniew Brzezinski:

The secret operation was an excellent idea. It drew the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? On the day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter, saying, in essence: 'We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam War.'[9][10]

It was alleged by the Soviets on multiple occasions that American CIA agents were helping smuggle opium out of Afghanistan, either into the West, in order to raise money for the Afghan resistance or into the Soviet Union in order to weaken it through drug addiction. According to Alfred McCoy, the CIA supported various Afghan drug lords, for instance Gulbuddin Hekmatyar[7][11] and others such as Haji Ayub Afridi.

[edit] Warlord period (1989–1994)

When the Soviet Army was forced to withdraw in 1989, a power vacuum was created. Various Mujahideen factions started fighting against each other for power. With the discontinuation of Western support, they resorted ever more to poppy cultivation to finance their military existence.

Rise of the Taliban (1994–2001)

During the Taliban rule, Afghanistan saw a bumper opium crop of 4,500 metric tons in 1999,.[12] However, in July 2000, Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, collaborating with the United Nations to eradicate heroin production in Afghanistan, declared that growing poppies was un-Islamic, resulting in one of the world's most successful anti-drug campaigns. As a result of this ban, opium poppy cultivation was reduced by 91% from the previous year's estimate of 82,172 hectares. The ban was so effective that Helmand Province, which had accounted for more than half of this area, recorded no poppy cultivation during the 2001 season.(note this claim has never been verified)[13]

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (February 15, 2001 8:19 p.m. EST

U.N. drug control officers said the Taliban religious militia has nearly wiped out opium production in Afghanistan -- once the world's largest producer -- since banning poppy cultivation last summer.

A 12-member team from the U.N. Drug Control Program spent two weeks searching most of the nation's largest opium-producing areas and found so few poppies that they do not expect any opium to come out of Afghanistan this year.

"We are not just guessing. We have seen the proof in the fields," said Bernard Frahi, regional director for the U.N. program in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He laid out photographs of vast tracts of land cultivated with wheat alongside pictures of the same fields taken a year earlier -- a sea of blood-red poppies.

A State Department official said Thursday all the information the United States has received so far indicates the poppy crop had decreased, but he did not believe it was eliminated.

Last year, Afghanistan produced nearly 4,000 tons of opium, about 75 percent of the world's supply, U.N. officials said. Opium -- the milky substance drained from the poppy plant -- is converted into heroin and sold in Europe and North America. The 1999 output was a world record for opium production, the United Nations said -- more than all other countries combined, including the "Golden Triangle," where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet.

Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Taliban's supreme leader, banned poppy growing before the November planting season and augmented it with a religious edict making it contrary to the tenets of Islam.

The Taliban, which has imposed a strict brand of Islam in the 95 percent of Afghanistan it controls, has set fire to heroin laboratories and jailed farmers until they agreed to destroy their poppy crops.

The U.N. surveyors, who completed their search this week, crisscrossed Helmand, Kandahar, Urzgan and Nangarhar provinces and parts of two others -- areas responsible for 86 percent of the opium produced in Afghanistan last year, Frahi said in an interview Wednesday. They covered 80 percent of the land in those provinces that last year had been awash in poppies.

This year they found poppies growing on barely an acre here and there, Frahi said. The rest -- about 175,000 acres -- was clean.

"We have to look at the situation with careful optimism," said Sandro Tucci of the U.N. Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention in Vienna, Austria.

He said indications are that no poppies were planted this season and that, as a result, there hasn't been any production of opium -- but that officials would keep checking.

The State Department counternarcotics official said the department would make its own estimate of the poppy crop. Information received so far suggests there will be a decrease, but how much is not yet clear, he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"We do not think by any stretch of the imagination that poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has been eliminated. But we, like the rest of the world, welcome positive news."

The Drug Enforcement Administration declined to comment.

No U.S. government official can enter Afghanistan because of security concerns stemming from the presence of suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden.

Poppies are harvested in March and April, which is why the survey was done now. Tucci said it would have been impossible for the poppies to have been harvested already.

The areas searched by the U.N. surveyors are the most fertile lands under Taliban control. Other areas, though they are somewhat fertile, have not traditionally been poppy growing areas and farmers are struggling to raise any crops at all because of severe drought. The rest of the land held by the Taliban is mountainous or desert, where poppies could not grow.

Karim Rahimi, the U.N. drug control liaison in Jalalabad, capital of Nangarhar province, said farmers were growing wheat or onions in fields where they once grew poppies.

"It is amazing, really, when you see the fields that last year were filled with poppies and this year there is wheat," he said.

The Taliban enforced the ban by threatening to arrest village elders and mullahs who allowed poppies to be grown. Taliban soldiers patrolled in trucks armed with rocket-propelled grenade launchers. About 1,000 people in Nangarhar who tried to defy the ban were arrested and jailed until they agreed to destroy their crops.

Signs throughout Nangarhar warn against drug production and use, some calling it an "illicit phenomenon." Another reads: "Be drug free, be happy."

Last year, poppies grew on 12,600 acres of land in Nangarhar province. According to the U.N. survey, poppies were planted on only 17 acres there this season and all were destroyed by the Taliban.

"The Taliban have done their work very seriously," Frahi said.

But the ban has badly hurt farmers in one of the world's poorest countries, shattered by two decades of war and devastated by drought.

Ahmed Rehman, who shares less than three acres in Nangarhar with his three brothers, said the opium he produced last year on part of the land brought him $1,100.

This year, he says, he will be lucky to get $300 for the onions and cattle feed he planted on the entire parcel.

"Life is very bad for me this year," he said. "Last year I was able to buy meat and wheat and now this year there is nothing."

But Rehman said he never considered defying the ban.

"The Taliban were patrolling all the time. Of course I was afraid. I did not want to go to jail and lose my freedom and my dignity," he said, gesturing with dirt-caked hands.

Shams-ul-Haq Sayed, an officer of the Taliban drug control office in Jalalabad, said farmers need international aid.

"This year was the most important for us because growing poppies was part of their culture, and the first years are always the most difficult," he said.

Tucci said discussions are under way on how to help the farmers.

Western diplomats in Pakistan have suggested the Taliban is simply trying to drive up the price of opium they have stockpiled. The State Department official also said Afghanistan could do more by destroying drug stockpiles and heroin labs and arresting producers and traffickers.

Frahi dismissed that as "nonsense" and said it is drug traffickers and shopkeepers who have stockpiles. Two pounds of opium worth $35 last year are now worth as much as $360, he said.

Mullah Amir Mohammed Haqqani, the Taliban's top drug official in Nangarhar, said the ban would remain regardless of whether the Taliban received aid or international recognition.

"It is our decree that there will be no poppy cultivation. It is banned forever in this country," he said. "Whether we get assistance or not, poppy growing will never be allowed again in our country.


Piranhanoia's picture

Ollie North, what a champion of truth. Self admitted traitor to his uniform and country. Its good when someone admits they are part of the problem.  Charlie Sheen is an actor too.

Gully Foyle's picture


That is fucking interesting since the OT ( Original Taliban) managed to reduce Poppy growth by something like 90%. That and the whole young boy butt slave of older man thingy.

I think you are confusing the Taliban with the drug lords whom we cater too. Those are the guys the Taliban put the big hurt on with the drug redcution. Those are the guys wh were our buds against the Russian.

Those are the guys we reached out to touch for the whole invasion bugaboo.

You know Karzai's brother and his cronies.

Fuck dude even Trudeau even managed to get that right in Doonesbury.

SheepDog-One's picture

A few years from now? HIGHLY optimistic best case scenario in my opinion.

Max Keiser has a piece out saying US trips and falls right after Greece. 

Hephasteus's picture

If they try to keep it going with counterfeiting it will pressure too many people. The margin compression is going horribly. My state is reporting increases in tax revenue when it's just not happening. Either margin squeezed corporations are getting counterfeit money to pay taxes with or they are not cheating local tax authorities as badly. It's hard to tell who is doing what. But one thing is certain. Calpers and every state is bleeding retirement funds dry.

Widowmaker's picture

No way, by then the US Constitution will be replaced with a corporate charter and bonuses for "Congressional/Judicial executives."

The police will help themselves to everything else.


El Scrapitan's picture

Yup, and, painfully, no one in the U.S. seems to understand this "canary in the coal mine" moment and why Greece is so important. Fuck me. Oh, they already have.

MichaelNY's picture

Coming soon to a theater near you...

Rodent Freikorps's picture

Bolshoi ballet, bitchez.

Instead of bread and circuses, think vodka and high class pole dancing.

Id fight Gandhi's picture

Bipolar HFT trading goes on. Will they won't they? Ah fuck it. Sooner they walk away from the euro and their debts the better.

Why sell off your country's assets just to get more debt?

Widowmaker's picture

Why do TBTF firms only increase risk?   Fascist takeover is a sight to behold.

That crackling sound is youth/slaves of the future smoldering in ashes because of incompetence and corruption of the now.

Oh regional Indian's picture

"That crackling sound is youth/slaves of the future smoldering in ashes because of incompetence and corruption of the now."

Well said widowmaker. Very well said indeed.


GeorgeHayduke's picture

Well said.

I keep seeing folks here and on other boards bleating about Communism and Socialism to define the current system because that's what they've been told to fear. Meanwhile debt-based Fascism has enslaved them while they were looking to the sky for the Communist and Socialist Boogeymen their Fascist owners have been scaring them with.

Hang on because the next great deception comes when they have the sheople/slaves phyiscally fighting each other in the street over skin color, religion, political beliefs, relative wealth, etc... while the fascist owners watch, laugh and scheme the next level of enslavement.

Future Jim's picture

To be fair. Fascism, Socialism, and Communism are easily confused. They all celebrate central authority and deny the individual. They all value and enforce conformity. Fascism is just a more distilled and pure form of collectivism for the putative benefits of collectivism itself; whereas, socialism and communism are more specific forms of fascism that attempt to more evenly distribute wealth - which may or may not happen under pure fascism.

Corduroy's picture

Little bit of rioting going on at the moment in feed 1 (off screen centre left) - though is down a side street so you can only see the odd bit of concrete or ter gas cannister thrown.

hamurobby's picture

Its getting rowdy in the second feed, projectiles thrown and now, smoke from all around...

dwdollar's picture

They've being doing that for 3 years now.  Yawn...

Need to step it up if they want to accomplish anything.

dark pools of soros's picture

while all the cops are there....  activities should spread elsewhere... use your imagination