Meanwhile In Greece, Familiar Scenes Are Back: General Strike, Molotov Cocktails, Tear Gas

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Greece was fixed for a few months, when the so-called "anti-austerity" government of PM Tsipras which came to power just over a year ago did what each on its predecessors did by kicking the can and trading off what little sovereignty Greece has left for promises of more cash from Europe, but it is broken once again.

Earlier today, services across Greece ground to a halt Thursday as workers joined in a massive general strike that cancelled flights, ferries and public transport, shut down schools, courts and pharmacies, and left public hospitals with emergency staff. Even the undertakers are striking.

Thursday's general strike is the most significant the coalition government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has faced since he initially came to power about a year ago. As an opposition party, Tsipras' radical left Syriza party had led opposition to pension reforms, but he was forced into a dramatic policy U-turn last year when he faced the stark choice of signing up to a third bailout or the country being kicked out of the eurozone.

The strike comes as the government negotiates with Greece's international debt inspectors, who returned to Athens this week to review progress on the country's bailout obligations. The central Athens hotel where the inspectors were staying was heavily guarded by police.

As CBC reports, well over 20,000 supporters of a Communist party-backed union were marching through central Athens, while around 10,000 more people — including about 1,000 lawyers in suits and ties — were gathering for a separate demonstration. A heavy police presence was deployed in the capital, as previous protests have often degenerated into riots.

Unions are angry at pension reforms that are part of Greece's third international bailout. The left-led government is trying to overhaul the country's ailing pension system by increasing social security contributions to avoid pension cuts, but critics say the reforms will lead many to lose two-thirds of their income to contributions and taxes.

Opposition to the reform has been vociferous, uniting a disparate group of professions, including farmers, artists, taxi drivers, lawyers, doctors, engineers and seamen among others.

Demonstrations were also planned in Thessaloniki — where about 200 taxi drivers drove through the city centre honking their horns in protest Thursday — and other Greek cities.

Proving just how messed up things in Greece are, Syriza has even issued a statement backing Thursday's strike: a strike aimed at Syriza!

The sentiment on the ground is back to square minus one: Athens pensioner Yannis Kouvalakis said Tsipras' government "fooled" Greeks by promising to reverse austerity cuts.

"Because they are from the left, what happened? Was the situation saved? Things got worse. They'd said they'd give some money to pensioners or the unemployed, increase the minimum wage to 750 euros (per month)," he said. "They cut five euros from my pension ... What can they give? Forget it."

Ferries between Greece's islands and the mainland remained tied up in port as part of the strike, while only limited public transport was operating in Athens for a few hours in the day and taxis also stayed off the streets. More than a dozen domestic flights were cancelled, while farmers maintained their blockades of highways that have forced motorists into lengthy detours.

State-run hospitals were functioning on emergency staff, while state schools, many shops and gas stations were shut.

Meanwhile, the mood earlier today reverted to one seen years ago, when violence among a small group of people, engaging in exchanges of Molotov cocktails and tear gas with riot police, was the daily norm.

Some visual examples:


As AP's Derek Gatopoulos summarizes it best, "Doctor friend leaving general strike rally: "It felt more like a wake than a protest rally." At which point we hit peak irony, because today the undertakers are also on strike.

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williambanzai7's picture

It must be time for them all to lean over again.

847328_3527's picture

This fun partee will be coming to Germany real soon. However, the Germans brought the chaos on themselves ... so be it!

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Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Troy Ounce Feb 4, 2016 11:00 AM
A Rational Case in Defense of Ammon Bundy and the Oregon Occupation: Sheriff David Clarke

They are going in today to kill the remaining at the Bird House. FBI was at the hospital taking inventory, just as they did before the ambush and execution of LaVoy Finicum.

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LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Chris Dakota Feb 4, 2016 11:04 AM

Is starting pay for molotov cocktail assemblers/throwers $15/hour?  Is this being properly regulated by the gubmint?

Chris Dakota's picture

It's now or never.

KGB defector 1980s

"first you have crisis (911) then there is a period of stabelization (police state/survellience, Patriot Act, NDAA)

and this can last indefinatly. Once you are at the point of stabelization the only thing that ends it is military force"


Kprime's picture

does the .gov pay un-employeed citizens to retrain for the molotov industry?

Countrybunkererd's picture

Washington D.C. does, or is looking to do it very soon.

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Chris Dakota (not verified) Chris Dakota Feb 4, 2016 7:36 PM

6 fag cowards down voted me.

ahahahah@ you.

spellbound's picture

Which Germans are you referring to? Their gov't represents them as much as our gov't represents us.

Backin2006's picture

All part of the same globalist elite. Tspirass was a globalist patsy from day one. Never trust anyone that gets that much positive press. 

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

So did the Greeks. Or at least the 'leaders' they elected.

Paveway IV's picture

The German citizens, like the Greek citizens, never had to vote giving the government unlimited authority to completely fuck up their country.

Germany and Greece are polar opposites of how and why their respective governments screwed them, but they are both totally and irreperably screwed.

Greeks have been pissed for a long time, but it's hard to revolt when you're still wearing your slave shackles and/or living off the teat of a dying master. I really wanted to see them do SOMETHING about their useless government, but it seems they just periodically make some noise and march around. Nothing against the Greeks, but I don't ever expect that to change. I'm not sure what they could do that would make a difference. The one thing they SHOULD do is go Iceland, but their leaders don't have the balls for that.

Germany, on the other hand... Well, history says they don't suffer inept governments for more than a few years. Bad German governments always make some obvious and dramatic mistake when they're dying that sets the Germans over the edge. Forget Merkel - I think Germans are about to vote with their fists to change governments again.

NATO has failed to contain and repress Germany, now that coalition of psychopaths is finished, too. Bye bye.

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Chris Dakota (not verified) Paveway IV Feb 4, 2016 11:40 AM

"The Second Coming" contains images that have been tied most closely to Yeats's legacy. Modernists read the poem as a dirge for the decline of European civilization in the mode of Eliot, but later critics have pointed out that it expresses Yeats's apocalyptic mystical theories, and it is thus the expression of a mind shaped by the 1890s. 

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned.
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

peddling-fiction's picture

Time to start confiscating Greek islands as interest payment, and placing other islands as collateral.

Escapedgoat's picture

"The one thing they SHOULD do is go Iceland, but their leaders don't have the balls for that."


The Greeks haven't figured that "their" Leaders are NOT theirs in the first place. They Are Foreign Owned PUPPETS.

Reports earlier today said that the PAME Communist Union was placed in FRONT of the Brothel , sorry, I mean Parliament to Protect ALL  the Crooks.

MAKE NO MISTAKE they (All the Political Class) are ONE ENTITY with Left and Right wings of the Same Vulture. A lot of Greeks know that now.

The System is placing all its reserves on display and is run out of options.

Watch out for the follow up. The game is going to change.

peddling-fiction's picture

Iceland did well, but remember this. These people do not forget or forgive.

They pass on revenge to the next generation but I do not think this time it will take that long.

Punishment will be meted out to Iceland.

I read an article mentioning how Tsipras received death threats and folded to the Troika demands.

If even I receive death threats and harrasment, why would not someone with billions more at stake.

OverTheHedge's picture

Greeks have a slightly different approach to government than most Europeans, in that they never expect results, targets to be reached etc. Government is a bit like the weather; unpredictable at best, and occasionally stormy.

However, it seems that it is becoming uneconomic to work, at least in the tax-declared sense, so I think that cash-flow crisis is back on the cards for the Eurozone. That which can't be repaid, won't be repaid, as they say in Germany

eddymunster's picture

The German government brought this on their citizens is what I think you meant.

cossack55's picture

Euros don't bend.  They either lean or collapse.

peddling-fiction's picture

There is a distinct possibility that the Euro (and other currencies) will eventually transmutate into the new NWO Phoenix currency.

Steps along the way could be the TPP (on its way) and TAFTA (meeting resistance but let´s wait and see).

Maybe a rapefugee crisis could help...

Go NWO! not...

Silver Bug's picture

Here we go again! Will extend and pretend work again? Likely their time is drawing short. Fiat money is the not the cure, but the cause. Good luck Greece.

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

So that is how they will save D Bank.  Plunder what is left of Greece.

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Takeaction2 (not verified) williambanzai7 Feb 4, 2016 12:10 PM

Bring in RIOT DOG part 2....................................please...he was cute.

NoDebt's picture

Zzzzzzzzz.  Call me when Greece defaults or somebody's CDS is triggered.  I'm not holding my breath for either.

Dr. Engali's picture

Default..., now there's some funny shit right there.

NoDebt's picture

Sometimes I sit back and think "This solution is BETTER than if they had defaulted??"  I mean just let that thought sink in for a moment.  This was the "better" path forward.

Then let reality back in the room and, obviously, you get to the next question:  "Better for who?"  The answer to which every reader of ZH already knows.

Spin around in a circle, clap your hands two times and then ponder the real game that got played here:  The banks got the democratically elected government of Greece to rape their population and slit the throat of their own sovereignty WILLINGLY AND WITH FULL KNOWLEGE OF WHAT THEY WERE DOING.  

Now THAT was a cool trick.


Dr. Engali's picture

Not only did they pull that trick once, they mananged to do it several times. How many times have we read this story and how many governments have come and gone since we've been here? Moar than I can remember. You'd think sooner or later people would catch on.

RaceToTheBottom's picture

Financial types must be made whole.

Not only made whole, but the debt control mechanism must be promoted and no alternatives discussed.


Why is Iceland not in the news?

It does not matter that it is not identical.


Just say "Iceland"

Oh and "Free Corzine!"

peddling-fiction's picture

They do not want to be reminded of how Iceland dissed them.

RaceToTheBottom's picture

Yes...... precisely why it must be done.

Iceland called the Financial Bigwigs bluff and said, "No the debt is not mine. You go to jail."

Imagine what would happen if that became the default response?


That and "Free Jon Corzine"....

If you never do what they want, you are closer to doing the right thing.

peddling-fiction's picture

They own the mainstream media and are choosing not to give ideas to others.

new game's picture

greece fire, thought the ecb/merkel cabal put that out? can't they even put out a fire anymoar, wtf...

Iconoclast421's picture

Funny how they never seem to run out of money to spend on tear gas and riot gear and police pensions.

Backin2006's picture

I'd demilitarize them all tomorrow. They'd make watering the veggies a load of fun. 

Dr. Engali's picture

What Greece needs is a good Kim Jong Un as their dear leader who will threaten to engulf the world with fire every time they run out of cash. Works well for North Korea.

Tall Tom's picture

North Korea actually has the Nukes.




Well they might be able to threaten the World with a wave of cornholing soldiers.


But then Obama would gladly invite all of them over here. Reggie just can't give him enough.


So that wouldn't work out too well.


I'd rather leave the cornholers over there...isolated...on some islands...far away from me. Yeah. On the other side of the World.


When the queer in the White House is gone then maybe the USA may take the threat seriously enough...and pay them to stay away.

Dr. Engali's picture

North Korea has been playing that game long before they had nukes. Before they had nukes, they were building reactors and we still pai them of, meanwhile they got their nukes regardless of how much funny money we gave them. As far as Obumbler and his corn-holing administration, I'll be glad to see them go, but judging from the current selection of replacements, America is going to be the butt of all jokes for some time.

Jason T's picture

Reap what you sow bitchez

Teknopagan's picture

What Greece needs is Golden Dawn

my_nym's picture

Ethnic ecology has been aligning in such a way that the conflict between Jewryusalem and Athens is probably going to come to the fore again.  Conspiracy theorists will say that it's due to some sort of Master Mind.  But it's not.  People are tribal creatures, no matter the "international"/multicultural and diverse ways of trying to defeat nationalism/tribalism... they're still tribal. 

That's generally all it amounts to.  In retrospect it will look like a vast conspiracy.  And there certainly are conspiracies.  But in general, it's just recurrent forms of ethnic ecology.

"Never again!" says the international Tribe... or the international Communist Party/Tribe member that recommends the death penalty for antisemitism.  Or the capitalist, with the multicultural business model of infinite international expansion for his bank over/inter the nations.  Or the Human Rights and Diversity Commission.  Or the Hate Speech Comissar.  Or Lois Lerner and the Jews of the IRS. And so on.

Yet eventually there are murmurings or perhaps even:  "Again!" say the "goyeeem." 

(It's at this point that the atheist progressives, the Soros, the Saul Alinsky, etc... are likely to remember their actual national identity again.  "International."  No, it's a nation within others that leads to a conflict of interests.  AGAIN!)

TLDR:  Golden Dawn is "antisemitic."  And for all the theatrics of a "fight club" and hard minded men, Zerohedge is kosher... and has a hedge.

Chuckster's picture

We should see this as basic training so we know what to do when it comes across the pond.

TwoHoot's picture

If everybody works for the government, will taxes meet payroll?

RacerX's picture

Kind of like a public sector "amway" model. I sell soap to you, you sell it back to me, we BOTH make money!

Countrybunkererd's picture

Based on the stupidity of America's political class and their voting supporters THEY (non FSA understands) are going to find out... the question beyond that is how much will be burned down?

The shitpile is really beginning to stink, and those that have diligently saved and paid taxes are now going out of business and into bankrupcy.  Those people will NOT get .gov handouts for unemployment, etc.  Fuc... nevermind.  All the governing bodies in the US are broke and they fleece the middle for more if they don't cross the T on their damn tax forms. 

Countrybunkererd's picture

Add the 1,000 dollar a month FORCED healtcare.

And the 20% YOY increase in electricity...and elimination of coal for power.

R.E. tax increases