Troika Target Of Truculence As Greek Tax Evaders Terrified

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The Troika technical team was chased from their Greek offices on Tuesday by an angry mob of Muni workers (who proclaimed that "they got our labor rights and conditions back to the Middle Ages"). As KeepTalkingGreece notes, this is the third incident in 24 hours as since the team arrived they have had water bottle thrown at them as well as cars kicked and 'hurled coffees'. The clip below shows the Troika member looking rather anxious as he runs from the crowd (and NewsIt reported a female Troika member seeking refuge in a bookstore). It is not just the municipal workers who are in fear though, as GreekReporter notes the unbelievable story of the re-appearance of a 'mysterious' CD containing the names of 2000 ultra-rich Greek Swiss-bank account-holders is now back in the hands of the Greek government as they press for bilateral taxation on those huge deposits. It seems rich and poor alike are not happy with the Troika's exposure of tax cheats across the desparate nation.

Via KeepTalkingGreece:

Trash cans and debris piled up in front of the Troika offices in Greece...


and the video of the anxious-looking Troika member running from the crowd..



and the incredibly 'dodgy' sounding story of the mysterious CD...


Via GreekReporter: Venizelos Gives List of 2,000 Greeks With Swiss Deposits

A list of some 2,000 Greeks with large deposits in a Swiss bank – that had been on a missing CD – was given to the government on Oct. 2 by PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos, who said he had been given the information while he was finance minister in a former government but didn’t act on it because it was not legally obtained.


The list is thought to have been first compiled by French authorities in 2010 and submitted to then-Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou by his French counterpart Christine Lagarde, who now heads the International Monetary Fund, one of the Troika of international lenders providing Greece with rescue loans.


Venizelos is now in the coalition government headed by New Democracy leader and Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and the tiny Democratic Left and said he had been given the list by the former head of the Financial Crimes Squad SDOE Yiannis Dotis, who was replaced by a friend of Samaras’ just as an investigation into alleged high-level tax evaders was proceeding.


Papaconstantinou later claimed that he had passed the contentious CD over to SDOE, which at the time was headed by Yiannis Kapeleris, and that somewhere along the line the data went “missing,” although no one could account for it.


Current Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras told the Financial Times that he would make a “priority” of tracking down the CD containing the names of about 2,000 Greeks who had deposited money in the Geneva branch of HSBC. “I first learnt of its existence last week from the newspapers . . . but if SDOE can’t track it down, then we’ll ask our European partners for another copy,” Stournaras told the FT.


Venizelos said that Diotis had informed him of the contents of the list in August 2011, but had expressed the opinion that the CD was presented to him “unofficially” by Papaconstantinou and that the data contained on it “do not constitute a record that was submitted by due legal process to my service and therefore cannot be subject to legal inquiry and certainly not to publication.


On Oct. 2, he repeated what he said were reservations from Diotis about the legality of the list and said that any questionable use of the data could jeopardize Greece’s efforts to convince Swiss authorities to release the details of account holders in the country who are suspected to tax evasion or other financial crimes.


“Our main priority then as now is to strike a bilateral agreement between Greece and Switzerland to tax the deposits of Greeks in Switzerland along the same lines of similar agreements signed with Germany and the United Kingdom,” Venizelos said. “I hope that the agreement will be completed soon and will benefit public revenues,” he added.


In the meantime, the government is trying to keep the list secret to prevent another embarrassing gaffe after the names of 33 politicians, including seven former ministers, said to be under review to explain huge sums in their bank accounts and whether they evaded taxes, was leaked to media sources and put on the Internet.

Unbelievable!... is it any wonder the Germans are a little apprehensive? or that the Greek people are revolting?

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zorba THE GREEK's picture

Taxes....TAXES.......We don't need no stinking taxes.

vast-dom's picture

this should happen all across the planet. here in the US with increasing taxes across the board next year...will the US sheeple awake from their grazing slumber?

chump666's picture

100% going to happen. 2013 will be year of global riots.

flacon's picture

My land lord's bank (a national bank) informed me yesterday (rent day) that they no longer honour cheques from my bank (one of the world's bullion banks). In case you are wondering I live in a 1st world country with a maple leaf as it's flag. It's "cash only" or certified cheque. 


Also the daily limit on ATM is $400.... 

ziggy59's picture

I like maple


fockewulf190's picture

I reckon Jim Rogers is going to have a lot of greeks for neighbors real soon.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

How can I riot? 

I don't even have Obama phone.

Long-John-Silver's picture

The riots will start when that Obamaphone quits working and all the food stamps they give you will not buy a loaf of bread.

vast-dom's picture

if only one could trade foodstamps on forex - USFS will appreciate against the USD.

SafelyGraze's picture

one-minute-long visual history of global financial system


Acet's picture

A 25 second visual story of the modern financial system:


ACP's picture

That's a really good point. What if they start using the Obama phones as EBTs and then they all shut down at once? Quite a scene that would be.

akak's picture

I can't wait until Wal-Mart turns into Zombieland!


Oh, wait, too late ...

LetThemEatRand's picture

The Walton heirs own 5 of the top 10 spots for wealthiest people in the U.S.  Long live the Kings and Queens of America.

Non Passaran's picture

Why do you care? Good on them!

OpenThePodBayDoorHAL's picture

Those five people have more money than the 1.4 million people who work at Walmart combined. Yeah, that's reaonable.

AldousHuxley's picture

you are born in America and work at walmart, then you deserve to be poor.


fuckers who shop at walmart are stupid and poor and useless to society but equally greedy as banksters for wanting more than they produce..

vast-dom's picture

QE for the peoples! see that shit is real. too bad it's like less than a percent relative to bank bailout MBS monies. Hey Dirty baby I got your money!  


JPM et. al. don't call it gov handouts though. It's not even a central bank. It doesn't even have to do with currency. It's not a bird, not a plane, but rather, something between gov and private.  It's THE FEDERAL RESERVE. Reserve of what exactly? Federal yet not Federal. 

chump666's picture

Of course.  The money trail from taxpayers/Obama/Fed lines is obscene beyond obscene.   The two sh*thole, hypocritical (and criminal) risk engines: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will probably end in the black in Oct.  Housing recovery my a-hole.

Obama is just buying votes with peanuts.  Kinda sad.  But, most if not all will wake up to the con.

cxl9's picture

Indeed. If Mr. Romney really wanted to win the election, he would simply go on television and announce, "If I win, I will send every adult citizen of the country a check for $3000 from the Treasury. Thank you, and God bless." Obama's only possible response would be to offer $4000. In that case, let the bidding begin. Money is no object when it's someone else's. At this point, the pitiful rotting carcass of the American republic is being picked over by corrupt politicians in a competition to buy votes with borrowed, printed, or fictitious money. It's time to abandon all pretense and just reveal it for what it is. In a few decades the whole sad mess will collapse, much blood will be spilt and wealth destroyed, and we'll start all over again.

chump666's picture

When you get bought and the cash runs dry, then you'll get gamed.  Hence riots, I would say that is right around the corner.

Europe is going to blow apart.


youngman's picture

When you quit paying the MOB....( both Italian and the Sheeple) you get owned...bruised and bloody

flacon's picture

An incompetent government has a silver lining..... just what is going to happen in USA when the SHTF and the government has become (or is already) the perfect "man-eating machine"?

LongSoupLine's picture

Mmmmm....silver lining.

ACP's picture

The short answer is no. During the revolutionary war 70% of people were self-employed (est.), now it's the other way around. Most in the middle class are too scared to lose their jobs to speak up.

Edit: ...or ignorant. There would need to be a very large and sustainable shock for people to be woken up in the US.

vast-dom's picture

you may be correct ACP. but printing may perhaps be it's very own black swan in the making. 

ACP's picture

I sure hope so (Edit: hope there is a black swan)...not because I love chaos (I really don't)...but because that seems to be the only chance we have for some real, actual, fundamental change in the way we live.

vast-dom's picture

agreed. every day the SP is double it's fundamentals value makes me not a little irked.

Dr. Engali's picture

There won't be a choice as the dollar's buying power is destroyed even further, and corporate margins get squeezed. The middle class will lose their jobs en mass next year. Book it.

When people have nothing else to lose they lose it.

Gerald Celente.

vast-dom's picture

I ran my calcs and had last year Sept as the month of a rather significant correction, but QE just delayed the inevitable. so i am not certain how at this stage one can predict with accuracy...that it could happen is more than plausible...

Dr. Engali's picture

I think most of us are surprised its gone in this long, but eventually fundemenals are going to over power QE, unless they hyper inflate. But if you look at earnings they are awful and trending downwards. Eventually companies are going to be scrambling for liquidity. It's just a matter of time, January is going to be very interesting.

akak's picture

Back four years ago this month, I NEVER would have thought that the whole Ponzeconomy could possibly drag on this long, yet here we are.

vast-dom's picture

precisely. no one could. and the fact that the ponzi markets are gamed 2x actual value will not bode well over time. no ponzi lasts forever, but many do sure last long time...

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

No shit. Four years ago I thought everyone would be scavenging for dandelions to eat by 2011.

hannah's picture

the thing is, it went on so long because every gov participated. there were no 'bond vigilantes' so to speak. the big bond purchasers just joined the game. the whole shit pile will collpase on its own weight not because someone rebelled...

SafelyGraze's picture

"During the revolutionary war 70% of people were self-employed. now it's the other way around."


during the self-employed war 70% of the people are revolutionary.

your puzzlers are hard

redd_green's picture

Bingo, agreed there.   The 'shock' happened very slowly, over 30 or 40 years.   Since the gold window closed, and the USA industrial base was dismantled.

The frrogs are all sitting there as the water has heated up to boiling point.  No hope now.

Slightly Insane's picture

Just wait for the prices to rise (based upon a dilution of value of your local currency) more on food and energy .... all while taxes rise ...

vast-dom's picture

never overestimate rioting of the American sheeple. 

JR's picture

American protests in the street often have been associated with goals of the left: support for a welfare state, et cetera. To surmise, therefore, that average Americans will never take to the streets en masse or push for violent protest is a classic mistake.

For the moment, the militarists in the government fear American protests for the same reason there have been no widespread violent protests against the government. The reason is the Americans have guns. 

 It’s the guns that worry the militarists in the government and it’s the guns that so far keep Americans from the street. Americans know that in the revolution they have more than protest signs, and rocks and epithets to hurl if it is necessary.

Patrick Henry was an orator. He talked against the system. But when the British went for the Armory, his talk turned to action and he led the drive to secure the Armory for the colonists.

As Federal departments crank up the surveillance and the restrictions on liberty, gun sales have gone through the roof!

IOW, it’s infantile to suggest that Americans are different, that they will compromise and surrender at the last moment.

The evidence runs contrary.

“I have only five words for you: From my cold, dead hands.”


hannah's picture

JR - most of the americans that you speak of are more rural. at least half the urban population are the welfare scum. the remaining half are mostly super obese idiots. very few 'normal' urban types. the riots will be about cutting benefits to the entitled. i dont think the good guys will come out til the fires really start.....and the rural group wont protest in the city. they will probably secede...

JR's picture

The predominance of guns in rural areas traditionally have been there because those areas are adjacent to hunting opportunities.

It is a mistake, however, to down play the presence of guns in urban areas because guns kept for home defense and self protection are more prevalent in urban areas and especially in suburban areas. Once more, guns which are kept with the hope of protecting one's individual liberty are just as likely to be found in urban areas as rural areas.

The liberals, hannah, are not realizing the guns in the hands of law abiding citizens in urban areas. Gun shows in metropolitan areas are attended by large crowds.

Your points are well made. :-)

StandardDeviant's picture

In the interests of nudging the level of discourse up just a tad, from now on I intend to automatically junk any post which contains the word "sheeple", no matter how brilliant the surrounding text, or how completely I agree with its content.

Why?  Because it is smug, puerile, arrogant, and needlessly insulting.  It adds nothing to the conversation.

Its only purpose, as far as I can tell, is to allow the poster to feel a warm glow as he sets himself apart from the unenlightened masses, viz., those who have failed to comprehend the Truth (as revealed to our hero on some random conspiracy-theorist blog).

I encourage other ZH readers to do the same.  Maybe a bit of peer pressure will help us do away with this ugly portmanteau.

Surrealist's picture

Gubberments, opposition parties and ultra-rich have successfully socially engineered US citizens to fight amongst themselves.

SafelyGraze's picture

message from TPTB: once we've decided that you owe us something, the rest is just details

ps - we've decided you owe us something

Mae Kadoodie's picture

[Charles Middleton ....  Prosecutor (as Charles B. Middleton)] 
[Chico Marx ....  Chicolini] 
Prosecutor: Something must be done! War would mean a prohibitive increase in our taxes. 
Chicolini: Hey, I got an uncle lives in Taxes. 
Prosecutor: No, I’m talking about taxes - money, dollars! 
Chicolini: Dollars! There’s-a where my uncle lives! Dollars, Taxes!