Greek Isles Cut Off From Mainland For Sixth Day As Strikes Return With A Vengeance

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When Europe's politicians boldly said a few weeks ago what they have been repeatedly saying every year for the past three, namely that "Europe is fixed" usually just before it breaks all over again, what they meant was that the various stock markets were up. Because if they were actually referring to the European economies, Europe just broke (no pun intended) once more, with the Greek economy once again back to its "new normal" baseline state: a near complete halt as the cold of winter dissipates, and protests and strikes return. In this case, the biggest losers are the thousands of people living on various Greek islands who have now been cut off from the mainland for the 6th consecutive day. And everyone else, of course, reliant on the Greek economy actually posting an uptick one of these centuries.

From Reuters: "Greek seamen extended a strike to protest against government austerity for a further 48 hours on Sunday, meaning dozens of islands will have been cut off from the mainland for six days." They were not alone: "Farmers also briefly disrupted traffic on major motorways across Greece in the latest wave of protest over budget cuts and labor reform that is needed to satisfy international lenders." And that is just the start: "Greece's biggest labor union has called a general 24-hour strike for February 20." Happy days are back again, and with them, the warm up of the Syntagma Square riotcam, unless of course said riotcam was pledged long ago as ECB collateral for yet another loan which promptly ended up in G-Pap's or Venizelos' Swiss bank account, and is now long gone.

Caption of a ship generating zero GDP

From Reuters:

The seamen are demanding months of unpaid wages and the repeal of a draft law that weakens their union by introducing a new employment contract between shipowners and crew.


"The law wipes out the seamen's profession and all the rules underpinning it," the PNO union said.


The strike, which started on Thursday, has begun causing shortages on grocery shelves and is hindering agricultural exports to the Balkans and beyond, the Athens Central Vegetable Market Association said in a statement.


The farmers disrupted traffic with sit-ins and by distributing free rice to drivers, to protest against tax increases that form part of the country's bailout.


"We have no choice but to go on, we're on the brink of desperation," one farmer told state television NET. Greece's latest austerity package mandates lower tax refunds and fuel subsidies for farmers and increases the social security contributions they must pay.


The Greek government is holding talks with the protesters but refuses to budge on any demands that might undermine its deficit cutting efforts, a condition of bailout funds and debt relief from the European Union and International Monetary Fund.

While in the past most labor strikes have been resolved peacefully, Greece is now at a point where even one day of economic standstill has unknown consequences as the economy is already on empty. Which is why last month the country invoked rarely used emergency powers to break a strike of subway workers, serving military-style orders instructing them to return to work or face arrest. Should the same "militant" intervention be used to break up wholesale day strikes, the path to full blown social unrest, mediated by what's left of the Greek army, will be a very short one.

Merchant shipping minister Costis Mousouroulis suggested on Sunday that the government might do the same against the seamen. "We can't be shutting our ears to islanders' desperate calls," he said.


Austerity has fuelled social unrest and extremism. Police on Friday arrested two bank robbers who turned out to be suspected members of a left-wing extremist group, Conspiracy of Fire Cells, which has claimed a spate of bomb attacks across the country since 2009.


Golden Dawn, an ultra-right, anti-immigrant party which ranks third in the opinion polls, staged its biggest rally ever in Athens late on Saturday, mustering about 5,000 supporters.

Needless to say, by the time full blown civil war is raging in Greece, we expect to be able to collect not less than par for the several torn up and completely worthless Greek bonds collecting dust in our collective attic.

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francis_sawyer's picture

It would be a DREAM COME TRUE to live on an island & be totally 'cut off' from your government...

AlaricBalth's picture

"Thus we never see the true state of our condition till it is illustrated to us by its contraries, nor know how to value what we enjoy, but by the want of it.”
Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe

donsluck's picture

I'm afraid your literary prowess will be lost to most readers. Translated to the vulgarity of these times "be careful what you wish for".

francis_sawyer's picture

Speak for yourself...


Since as far as I can remember, Robinson Crusoe was always one of my faves...

trav777's picture

Golden Dawn = Greece is for GREEKS.

Stop calling them fucking Nazis when they have the same immigration policy as Israel.

flacon's picture

Well they should stop using the "Swarsthika" and use the "Thtar of Ethrael" instead. Have you seen the Golden Dawn logo? It is a Swarsthika. 


/spelling mistake are deliberate

margaris's picture

Completely wrong, it's a meander:



But the obvious similarity to the swastika is not an accident.

Aurora Ex Machina's picture

I'm fairly sure that you're on record stating that Israel = totalitarian / fascist state, so am I missing the irony here?


Golden Dawn are definitely fascists. Hint: >50% of the police force supports them, which is always somewhat of a give-away to authoritarian strong state political leanings.

Bazza McKenzie's picture

So presumably you think most of the Greek politicians (not to mention those of the EU, US, etc) are not fascists?  Otherwise, why put that label just on Golden Dawn?

Aurora Ex Machina's picture

The answer to that is simple:

Which party does the other 50% of the police vote for? [Snark level to the max - they're merely the ultra-violent version used to cow the herd into accepting the status-quo]

EnslavethechildrenforBen's picture

Being cut off from the mainland would be ideal if it weren't for property taxes. At 2% per year, the government would own the entire island in 50 years.

espirit's picture

Thinking the point to be conveyed here is Work, or Go To Jail.

Coming soon to a Gulag near you.

Banksters's picture


Israel begins deportation of South Sudanese migrants According to new government bill, the maximum penalty for employing migrants will be raised from a two-year jail sentence to five years.



Q: Should it become easier for undocumented foreign workers in the US to gain legal immigration status?

A: As president, I will create a new one-time earned legalization status, improve family reunification laws, create a work visa program, and partner with the private sector to create a new ‘American Dream Fund’ to help all immigrants learn English. We’ve also got to face the fact that immigrants haven’t been treated fairly in America since September 11th -- and we can do something about it. When I am president, I will protect the civil rights of immigrants -- right to counsel, timely notification of charges, guaranteed bond hearings, humane conditions, and much more.


Joseph Lieberman

Crtrvlt's picture

They are nazis from their leader singing hitlers' praises to denying the holocaust eventhough thousands of Greeks were killed in concentration camps to being anti-semetic bigoted traitors. They are a disgrace and an embarrassment to the people of Greece and it is pathetic that after Greece spent 5 years resisting the German nazis these offshoots are back in power. It comes As no surprise though that they are rising to power the same way hitler did. They will suffer the same fate though. Go read their website to see their fascist policies. One can have a strong stance against illegal immigration without being a full blown nazi like these traitorous scumbags.

smartstrike's picture

They're like the stupid Russian nationalists who don't even know the NAZI agenda about Slavic people.

JOYFUL's picture

Yea man, you're right... that kind of gross ignorance of history is incredible...

almost as bad as those dullards who don't realize that national socialism was a favorite  of the usual suspects -

Dietrich Bronder in Bevor Hitler Kam demonstrates how Hitler was financed by Jews to bring him to power. Support for what was ultimately Aryan zionism was widespread among the members of the Zionist Congress and the Zionist Organization. This same Zionist Congress voted in favour of Hitler, by 240 to 43. Zionist leader Georg Kareski was also supportive of Nuremburg laws. And he gave his support in Der Angriff, in a 23 December 1935 interview.

Man, I hate those tiresome Ruskie nationalists and their whiney Ukranian buddies who complain all day about the khazarian bolshies killing 40 million of their forebearers...can't we just forget about the past and concentrate on building "holocaust" museums?

Racialist hegemony...there's only one game in town...

rotagen's picture

Yeah, I'm gonna give a lot of credence to some bonehead that uses the phrase "denying the holocaust".

Crtrvlt's picture

Among many other instances

The supporters and core of golden dawn are the ancestors of the German collaborators in ww2 known as the security battalions. "Greeks" who sided with the nazis during the occupation.

And their nazi leader praising your idol hitler

In a 1987 article of the Golden Dawn magazine, its editor Michaloliakos wrote an article with title "Hitler for 1000 years" where he supports Nazism and white supremacy. Specifically he wrote "We are the faithful soldiers of the National Socialist idea and nothing else" and "[...] WE EXIST, and continue the battle, the battle for the final victory of our race".He ends the article by writing "1987, 42 years later, with our thought and soul given to the last great battle, with our thought and soul given to the black and red banners, with our thought and soul given to the memory of our great Leader, we raise our right hand up, we salute the Sun and with the courage, that is compelled by our military honor and our National Socialist duty we shout full of passion, faith to the future and our visions: HEIL HITLER!". Furthermore he capitalizes the pronouns referring to Hitler ("by Himself", "His people").

dark pools of soros's picture

Well how's that Jew supremecy working out these days ? Kinder gentler worldwide despair?

tango's picture

Quit trying to make sense out of nonsense.   Anybody who thinks it's OK to persecute someone because they are a certain religion is utterly hopeless.  Anyone with an atom of sense knows Dawn are Nazi wannabes - why even argue?  The point is that in times of chaos, people want to be reassured and saying that all their problems were caused by Jews or Russians or Americans will do the trick.   Of course it's juvenile and idiotic but consider the source,

Skateboarder's picture

Don's just saying that the people of 2013 are so retarded that even a simply constructed sentence from Crusoe will go right past their heads. Stupid = cool bro, getwiddatimes. MUST. RESIST. KNOWLEDGE. Plus, that quote is 158 characters long, which means it's not tweetable, hence not worth reading.

How does it feel to witness your fellow man go full retard by choice.

francis_sawyer's picture

In my brief history on this planet ~ I've realized that even RETARDS are eventually granted a home state to call their own...

Skateboarder's picture

If granted means leased, licensed, and taxed, then yes, you are absolutely correct.

neutrinoman's picture

You don't miss it til it's gone.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

As long as the island is self-suffiecient in water and food production.  And your vehicles would run out of gas at some point.  On the other hand, there would be plenty of time to tend your garden and do some fishing...

And, do hope that your timing was good enough to have you little sweetie with you!

bobthehorse's picture

The Greeks got double teamed.

They took it in the ass from the banks.

And they took it in the mouth from the government.

Poor bastards.

myptofvu's picture

Estonia embraced Austerity and now has a thriving economy, Greeks still want to retire at 50 with full benefits. Things have a way of working themselves out, at this rate in a few more years Greeks will die of starvation and Estonia will have enough money to buy Greece. Problem solved, next.

WTFUD's picture

" Estonia ( god bless them ) embraced Austerity " or the less romantic view, Estonians eat excrement.

kaiserhoff's picture

These guys know how to fuck with the government.


TotalCarp's picture

Their govt elites do a pretty good job fucking back w the population, especially all the creeps with millions stashed away in swiss banks and dozens of properties for which they find it "hard to pay taxes" while collecting every last penny from pensioners.

You see what they really need are a few crates of modern muscets. Sadly those have been outlawed by eurokingdom ages ago.

bank guy in Brussels's picture

Greece, with about 10 million people, has about 2.5 million civilian-owned firearms

A huge number of Greeks have shotguns in the house

Surprise! We actually have lots of private civilian guns in Europe ... Even shooting clubs here in Brussels ... In our little Belgium: 2 million civilian privately owned handguns, shotguns, rifles

Germany has 25 million civilian privately owned handguns, shotguns, rifles

France: 19 million civilian privately owned handguns, shotguns, rifles ... And so on.

We do not carry them around, or have as high gun ownership rates as in the US, but there are probably 100 million plus private guns in Europe.

Yes, the crazy UK Brits confiscated all privately owned handguns in the 1990s - But they are extremists, the Anglo-American disease.

It is not like that on the Continent. Here we know the Nazis can come back, older people here still remember the last time the Nazis were occupying.

Facts of gun ownership and policies in countries around the world:

TotalCarp's picture

Ah interesting cheers. Although in recent US discource modern musket usually refers to ar-15 or worst case to some ak47 based nonsense. Pretty sure only russki and albanian gangsters own those in your lands!

FeralSerf's picture

Aren't most of the pistols in Belgium rimfire?

bugs_'s picture

months of unpaid wages - coming to an EBT card near you.

shovelhead's picture

Military coups are going to be the newest Spring fashion statement in Greece.

Black Forest's picture

I love the photo caption.

new game's picture

the question becomes; would a military person actualy pull the trigger on his fellow countryman???

bank guy in Brussels's picture

On the Veterans Today website, US veterans are saying that what is happening in the US is that the military is weeding out commanders and soldiers who won't fire on their fellow citizens

Mass-murderers in a future US civil war are being promoted

Great site for some hard-core US dissident thinking

disabledvet's picture

we're creating a high tech "Archipelag Gulag" ALL of the West. The only way forward is "harmonization"...that would NOT be this type of harmonization (although that's pretty good) but the far more mundane yet critical need for Europe, Japan and the USA to start "harmonizing" labor, capital and just plain "rule making" rules. The fact of the matter is a race to the bottom is the last thing we need right now "in an Age of Globalization." these transnational corporations really have deployed "financial weapons of mass destruction" on the totality of societies that now include our own and have done so well past the point of breaking them. i know there are lot of folks actually which is why i love this site...who view such activities as "prelude to the creation of the New World Order." there is some truth to that quite honestly. i think the question that we all have to ask is "don't these folks have enough power already?" with entire Sovereigns GLADLY handing over taxpayer monies to finance the worst forms of financial practices...well, it gives a lie to the whole "free enterprise system" in my view. the "surveillance State" was never dismantled after the end of the Cold War...and i fear that the obliteration of all privacy concomitant with the rise of "secret prisons" ("renditions"...the refusal to try the Gitmo "detainees.") is leading our free market system down a dark and dangerous path. if wrongdoing by "secret" Government Agencies goes unfettered then i think "markets that are lacking in transparency" can suddenly become "the place where confidence is lost." AGAIN.
"outside censors"? what the hell is that? anywho "the road from secrets" to "serfdom" to "i have information that may be of great value" is a short one indeed. is this what winning the Cold War was all about? How about the LESSON of winning the Cold War then?

DaveyJones's picture

the other branches do not, but the US army will take just about anyone with any kind of conviction. In criminal law, I get calls from potential clients who can't get ito the coastguard for minor misdemeanors but have had clients with significant felonies who are allowed in the army "as long as their probation is finished." 

obessoligarch's picture

no that bad really.....athens has some of the most alive night scene right now in europe

                              plus the girls are not in strike too!!!

Aurora Ex Machina's picture

Comment from that forum, which sums it up:


Sexyback: "Damn, I'm having a hard time finding and picking up hookers... any solid game advice?"



Yes, it's called asking the concierge of your hotel, and having $ to spend.

unrulian's picture

hahahaha.....that's how i'm expressing my laughing out loud...LOL is for 11teen bff's and quiffs

Motorhead's picture

Poor [c]retins.

Peter Pan's picture

The government needs to explain just one thing. How is it good enough for parliamentarians to be getting paid their salary while seamen and other workers have not been paid for months?

Not being paid your wages is not austerity. It is blashemy.

Kreditanstalt's picture

There's no difference between propping up artificially high wages and costs via government-maintained laws mandating union recognition and supporting financial chicanery and fractional reserve banking via other laws...

Get the governments out of the marketplace altogether.

Peter Pan's picture

I get your point but these people are not being paid AT ALL.