10,000 Greek Farmers Stage Massive Revolt In Athens, Destroy Police Cars

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On Friday, some 800 angry Greek farmers marched on the Agriculture Ministry in Athens and beat police with Shepherd’s crooks.

No, really:

The farmers are understandably upset with Alexis Tsipras and the government for a proposal to triple the social security burden and double income taxes in an effort to appease the powers that be in Brussels who claim Greece has not made enough progress towards fiscal consolidation since the country’s third bailout was agreed last August.

Tsipras and Syriza swept to power a little over a year ago with promises to roll back austerity, but prolonged negotiations with creditors and the resulting economic malaise that gripped the country last summer broke the PM’s revolutionary spirit and now, he’s been reduced to something of a technocrat rather than a socialist firebrand.

Putting Greece on a sustainable path is a virtual impossibility at this juncture. There are myriad structural problems that cut to the heart of the currency bloc’s woes and on top of that, Athens’ debt burden is simply astounding. In other words, Tsipras and Brussels can raise taxes and cut pension benefits all they want but this problem is never going to be solved. It’s too late.

Adding insult to injury, data out Friday shows the country slipped back into recession in Q4.

All of this helps to explain why, after the tomato-tossing, stick-waving melee at the Agriculture Ministry, the farmers - joined by some 10,000 of their compatriots as well as union members, massed in Syntagma Square on Friday where tractors could be seen meandering through the crowd.

While that clip depicts a mostly peaceful scene, things weren't so calm earlier in the day when still more farmers clashed with authorities and beat a police car half to death:

And the punchline to the whole thing is that one farmer told RT that if the measures are passed the entire lot will simply pack up and leave. “We cannot let the government pass these catastrophic measures. If they pass, we are going to have to become migrants," Antonis Bitsakis, a member of the coordinating committee of the farmers of Creta said.

So there you have it. An irony of ironies. Thanks to Berlin's austerity demands, Athens will not only be sending Mid-East refugees north to Germany, it will be sending Greek asylum seekers as well.

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Sat, 02/13/2016 - 14:56 | 7181709 Soul Glow
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Fuck the EU!

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:01 | 7181716 knukles
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I just ... for the life of me .... just  ....   uh ....  just uh, don't understand why ...... uh .. everybody's not happy.
              -Becky "Orthodontia Queen" Quick

                     Me neither, Becky.  Because with ah.. ..  all the broken windows, just uh.... think of uh.... how much GDP will increase and all the new jobs!
                                    - Paul "Dimwitted Economist" Krugman

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:07 | 7181751 macholatte
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we are going to have to become migrants

 

I'm OK with that. Let the Greek Farmers have priority over the Mexican & Muslim invasions. Let them in and give them 160 acres and a mule and just leave them alone. Oh yea. Let them have some guns too. Anybody going after a corrupt .gov with sticks is OK with me.

 

 


Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:37 | 7181830 Sanity Bear
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Someone forgot to tell them if they want favorable treatment, they need to start raping Germans.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 16:01 | 7181886 toady
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Damn farmers. 

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 16:08 | 7181910 MANvsMACHINE
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Farmers are terrorists. Don't you know?

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 16:27 | 7181968 Kprime
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they just can't find enough cornhole.  In america half of them get payments from the .gov to leave the cornhole alone. the other half get paid to produce more cornhole.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 18:44 | 7182401 omniversling
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Listen to the farmers...they grow the food. And own most of the pitchforks

(and canes)...

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 16:01 | 7181888 the phantom
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Sloppy seconds from dirty migrant Islamic radical d!ck? Ewwwww. Those are some tainted Germans 

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 18:03 | 7182244 swamp
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Men.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 21:40 | 7182414 U4 eee aaa
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I don't think the members of the EPA like souvlaki

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:07 | 7181754 Latina Lover
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Rock on Greeks! Fuck the banksters!

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:00 | 7181720 junction
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Coming soon to a neighborhood near you.  Thank you, Obummer.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:02 | 7181731 ejmoosa
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What's taking so long?

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:13 | 7181767 Anopheles
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You must be a socalist or progressive.  It's always someone else's fault. 

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 16:16 | 7181944 open-range
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Sat, 02/13/2016 - 17:04 | 7182099 piceridu
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Can you pick out the only Greek citizens still getting paid?

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 14:58 | 7181714 qweston content
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I would rather fuck my wife

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:58 | 7181878 FX223
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I just did...my own that is.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 16:10 | 7181917 MANvsMACHINE
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I'd rather fuck his wife....

Wait, what are we talking about here again?

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 16:24 | 7181963 Kprime
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where are all these wives that like to fuck?  You guys are hoarding them.

(excuse me, I think I hear a call from the bedroom)

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:01 | 7181723 VWAndy
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Better to send the leaders packing. With a fist class ass whippin so they understand. I think we will all be very suprized how well a barter system works.

 Think of it like sex without a pimp.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:01 | 7181729 Anopheles
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Socalism is great, until you run out of OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY.

Greece is finding out what it means to run out of other people's money.  

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:07 | 7181750 Batman11
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Capitalism is great until there are no members of the middle and lower classes to do all the work.

 

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 16:36 | 7181873 Anopheles
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There will ALWAYS be members of the lower class.   Whether under capitalism or socialism, most of the people remain poor.

The only difference is that under capitalism there's a middle class and it's OK to be rich.  Under socialism, everyone is equal and poor, but some are "more equal" that others.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 16:51 | 7182050 Batman11
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There is more than one version of Capitalism, and today’s version is an upside down version of the one we had 40 years ago that produced the lowest levels of inequality in history within the developed world.

40 years ago most economists and almost everyone else believed the economy was demand driven and the system naturally trickled up.

Now most economists and almost everyone else believes the economy is supply driven and the system naturally trickles down.

Economics has been turned upside down in the last 40 years.

All the Central Bank stimulus programs have been Neo-Keynesian, in line with the new economics. The money is pushed into the top of the economic pyramid, the banks, and according to the new economics it should trickle down.

What we have seen is that the money stays at the top inflating asset bubbles in stocks, fine art, classic cars and top end property.

Businessmen believe in the new economics when it comes to keeping all the rewards for themselves and shareholders.

Businessmen believe in the old economics when it come to investing and won’t invest until demand rises.

The new economics has taken us back to a disastrous past.

1920s/2000s - high inequality, high banker pay, low regulation, low taxes for the wealthy, robber barons (CEOs), reckless bankers, globalisation phase

1929/2008 - Wall Street crash

1930s/2010s - Global recession, currency wars, rising nationalism and extremism

You think the 1930s is bad?

In the 1940s you get global war.

 

Sun, 02/14/2016 - 17:01 | 7185709 Liberty2012
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Very well put Batman11

 

Thank you!

 

 

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 16:38 | 7182004 logicalman
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How would anyone know how great, or otherwise, capitalism is.

It hasn't been tried for a long time.

 

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:25 | 7181798 AriusArmenian
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Debt fueled crony capatalism is great until more debt cannot be sustained.

Crony capatalism is the problem in the West, not Socialism.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:01 | 7181730 ejmoosa
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What took so long?

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:03 | 7181737 knukles
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Gotta tell ya' kids, shit's heatin' up this weekend
Just think of what's gonna happen Sunday nite when the Chinese play catch up to the rest of the world and the ME is in flames all around.
Ha cha cha cah

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:07 | 7181746 Chuckster
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Hi Knukles...I think the same.  Some guy on another post was worried about the coming days and weeks.  I said worry about the next 36 hours.  Anyone who has spent time in Turkey knows the Turks live to fight.  Putin will repond in minutes.  Game on!

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:23 | 7181795 Beowulf55
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Wait till Turks and Saudis lose a couple of jets over Syria........gonna be a hot time this weekend.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:04 | 7181740 Chuckster
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Don't they love their police like we do?

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:05 | 7181742 Heterodox economics
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Young, hot Greek women seeking asylum would NOT be bad.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:07 | 7181753 Chuckster
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They are probably damn cheap now.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 16:12 | 7181924 MANvsMACHINE
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They will do a lot for a silver round.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:13 | 7181769 DirkDiggler11
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Problem with Greek women is they all like to give and receive anal.

Fuck that, no cornhole for me, I'll leave that for the Greeks and the Fags.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 16:21 | 7181959 Kprime
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do you think they would rape the young men in the country they immigrate too?

where the hell did I leave my passport?

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:10 | 7181758 TeaClipper
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Well, Greece, paying for all those fucking handouts you had for yearrs is turning into a real bitch eh?? My heart fucking bleeds for you, NOT

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:12 | 7181765 hangemhigh77
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Go farmers GO!!!!!! Kill the cops!!!!! Wait till the EU oligarchs cone in and kill those fuckers. !!!!!

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:58 | 7181877 ajax
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Anything, absolutely anything the Greek citizens who have been shat upon, turned upon, lied to, fucked over...ANYTHING they want to do is alright by me. Remember USA, it happened to you too:

LET'S BURN DOWN THE CORNFIELD, sung by Etta James: PLAY IT LOUD !!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT2MO8QuTt0

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 18:17 | 7182281 e_goldstein
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Nah, they'd get more done if they went down to the local branch of Gold Mansacks and beat every ee into bloody pulps with Shephards crooks instead of screwing with the cops.

And as a plus the world would be a better place.

 

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:15 | 7181774 lasvegaspersona
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When a hard money regime collapses the people can steal from the deposed rich. When a easy money regime collapses the people cannot just take over and print a new currency because it is the currency that has collapsed.

There is an illusion that Greece's problems are due to the Euro but a new Drachma would last a week at most.

The country needs an economic make over...which is impossible during a global depression.

I don't have a solution for unavoidable disaster...neither does anyone else.

I'm afraid, until the world figures out a new monetary system, we are looking at poverty and death.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 16:07 | 7181783 Anopheles
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A new monetary system won't fix anything.  

The Romans had a gold and silver based monetary system.  From the beginning of the empire to the end, their currency was debased by a factor of 10,000, despite being based on metals.  Metals, when they have no (or limited) practical uses, are just another fiat.  

 

 

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 16:16 | 7181948 ajax
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"A new monetary system won't fix anything.  

The Romans had a gold and silver based monetary system.  From the beginning of the empire to the end, their currency was debased by a factor of 10,000, despite being based on metals.  Metals, when they have no (or limited) practical uses, are just another fiat."

Goddamn right - you want to learn about/understand "debasement"? Look in at yourself in a mirror.

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 16:44 | 7182028 logicalman
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The amount of silver in the denarius was reduced to pretty much nothing by the time the Roman Empire fell.

The US dollar is being debased in the same manner and is now intrinsically pretty much worthless.

Empires fall when their currency does.

What's the value of zeros and ones on hard drives?

 

 

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 17:09 | 7182123 BigRedRider
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Even Nero gold plated lead slugs to prop up his high standard of living...Banksters today just cought up to him with their NIRP racket.  Different times...same greed. 

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 19:54 | 7182798 Anopheles
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And counterfeiters also plated coins and made lots of money doing it.. 

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 15:22 | 7181790 Chuckster
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(neighbor to the south)

Your such an optimist! 

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