Greek Police Threaten IMF Arrests Due To "Austerity Demands"

Tyler Durden's picture

As the headlines from Europe become more and more realistic (and ironically more and more Onion-worthy), Reuters notes one of the more interesting examples of just how the Greek people are feeling. The Federation of Greek Police have accused EU/IMF officials, in a formal letter, of "...blackmail, covertly abolishing or eroding democracy and national sovereignty". While violence erupts among the largely unemployed youth, the supposedly 'grown-up and responsible' segment of the Greek society, which for now at least appears not to be on strike, is recognizing the wholesale destruction of their society (as 22% cuts in minimum wage for instance are thrust upon them). The Greek police, who have stood against the protesters and done their jobs facing threats and anger, are seemingly expressing solidarity with the antagonists as they call out ECB, European Commission, and IMF leaders for their destructive policies. At what point do the police throw down their riot shields and follow the Greek people into their 'Bastille'?


Reuters: Greek Police Union Wants To Arrest EU/IMF Officials

Feb 10 (Reuters) - Greece's largest police union has threatened to issue arrest warrants for officials from the country's European Union and International Monetary Fund lenders for demanding deeply unpopular austerity measures.

In a letter obtained by Reuters on Friday, the Federation of Greek Police accused the officials of "...blackmail, covertly abolishing or eroding democracy and national sovereignty" and said one target of its warrants would be the IMF's top official for Greece, Poul Thomsen.

The threat is largely symbolic since legal experts say a judge must first authorize such warrants, but it shows the depth of anger against foreign lenders who have demanded drastic wage and pension cuts in exchange for funds to keep Greece afloat.

"Since you are continuing this destructive policy, we warn you that you cannot make us fight against our brothers. We refuse to stand against our parents, our brothers, our children or any citizen who protests and demands a change of policy," said the union, which represents more than two-thirds of Greek policemen.

"We warn you that as legal representatives of Greek policemen, we will issue arrest warrants for a series of legal violations ... such as blackmail, covertly abolishing or eroding democracy and national sovereignty."

The letter was also addressed to the European Central Bank's mission chief in Greece, Klaus Masuch, and the former European Commission chief inspector for Greece, Servaas Deroose.

Policemen have borne the brunt of the anger of massed protesters who frequently march to parliament and clash with police in riot gear. Chants of "Cops, pigs, murderers!" are regularly hurled at policemen or scribbled on walls.

Thousands turned out on Friday for the latest protest in Athens, this time against new austerity measures that include a 22 percent cut in the minimum wage.

A police union official said the threat to 'refuse to stand against' fellow Greeks was a symbolic expression of solidarity and did not mean police would halt their efforts to stop protests getting out of hand.

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Dreadker's picture

The police should just down tools and walk away.... They're just victims of their incompetent greedy corrupt government who are happy to enslave their fellow countrymen with debt....  It will come to that eventually, so they're only delaying the inevitable...

Clueless Economist's picture

screw the Greeks.  They have been living a lavish existance for decades on credit.  Well isn't it a bitch when the bill finally comes due?

lazy SOB's

Rip van Wrinkle's picture

Hate to tell ya but the Greeks have the longest average working week in Europe - 42 hours. As I understand, the average in the US is below 35.


Lazy f**kers!

Ruffcut's picture

A friend of mine is not even 50 yet, retired from macomb county sheriff dept at near 60k a year and beneys. Average hours of work, HEDGED AT ZERO.

Now that is sustainability in action.

HoofHearted's picture

Shit's getting real...

...anybody have those scenes of blowing up Parliament from the end of "V for Vendetta" in mind?

Comay Mierda's picture

Greece is the most important country in the world right now. Ground zero for a banker takeover. Stand united, Greeks. Dont take shit. Follow Iceland's example

pods's picture

Is that Tchaikovsky I hear?

The Big Ching-aso's picture



Greeks march together elbow to butts

To tell IMF honchos to stuff their cuts

Gyros and vacays won't mix well

For Bavarian fatties sunbathing in G-string smells

For the populace is testy and quite appalled

That Europe is treating them like a bathroom stall 



JW n FL's picture



Greek Police have accused EU/IMF officials, in a formal letter, of "...blackmail, covertly abolishing or eroding democracy and national sovereignty".

The Top 1% of the Top 1% NEVER! LEARN!!

Their Greed Over Rides ANY! Logic that they may Possess!

The end is coming..

But Coupled with the Ignorance and Laziness of the Sheepeople.. The Very Rich may back track.. thusly dragging the process out..

But once again? why? would they??

The ONLY! Reason that ALL! of this information is Available NOW!!

Is becuase they wantit avaiable!

So if they want the Truck Loads of Information Available?

and everyone with half a Brain KNOWS! that is will eventualy cause civil unrest..

then the real question is and always has been..

why do the VERY RICH? want people killing other people in the Street ALL AROUND THE WORLD??

which takes us back to the fact that the WORLD! is Hooked on CHEAP OIL!

and there is a limited supply of CHEAP! OIL!!

Lots of Oil!

NOT! Lots of CHEAP OIL!!

I dont know how else I can say this... how many different ways can I communicate this idea theu the use of words.

when will everyone GRASP the FACTS?

The Jews! dont control shit! they are accountants for the WASP, Blue Blooded Fucking Rulers of the World!

The Forbes 400 List is NOT! the top 400 Richest People in the World.. those Fuckers dont even Rank in the Top 5,000! maybe 10,000!! go ahead..make me prove it.

Even here.. in ZeroHedge.. the covnersations drift so very far and very fast away from the FACTS! becuase no one likes them and everyone knows better than to discuss them in public.

stop being a coward.

join the fight, really join the fight!

fucking cocktal hour slaves are the WORST! to suffer!


Hugh_Jorgan's picture

Oh well!!!!

FACT: we all eventually pay for the corruption and welcome deceptions that we tolerate from our "elected" officials.

You don't have to like it, but you DO have to accept it, it's called REALITY. Time to man-up and quit sniveling.

Whiner's picture

1812 Overture should be directed at their own damn politicians and The Squid who help jigger their books to gain entry to UROZ then borrow to pay for lavish govt perks. Just default already ala Argentina. You will feel better in a year or two, three at the most. But first con IMF out of €30-40B, then bankrupt!

Chuck Norris's picture

Yea maybe but that's $60k in federal reserve notes.  Soon that won't buy much.   If anything...

gunsmoke011's picture

I suppose it all gets down to how you define "Work". Haven't spent a lot of time in Greece - but the month or so I have spent there did not leave me with the impression that their work is the same as our work -- our being U.S.

I suppose if you count 3 hour lunch breaks sitting at a sidewalk cafe' sipping coffee or wine and people watching as work - then I guess it is possible.

Mutatto's picture

"Hate to tell ya but the Greeks have the longest average working week in Europe - 42 hours."


....and the data coming out of Greece, provided by the Greeks, is surely accurate.   I get the feeling lots Greek workers are like corrupt politicians "punch in early....and often" LOL

Any Greek will gladly tell you how every OTHER Greek is "getting over" on the system. 

Au Shucks's picture

Looks like somebody gets their news and information from CNBC and BBC.  Look a little deeper... that is unless your comment is means to supporting your moniker?

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

That is a simplistic view of the Greek situation. The Greeks didn't know about the debt. They were rightfully demanding their basic rights, like education, housing, minimum wage, holidays, paid leave and other benefits. the reason third world countries are so poor is that their governments refuse to provide these basic necessities.

battle axe's picture

You have said that about three times so far today. 

battle axe's picture

Easy sunshine, no need to be rude.

garcam123's picture

There's a little program on most computers called spellcheck, try to find it to be more effective.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

What is this?  Whine, bitch, and moan day?

Whiner's picture

There is a lot to whine about. Wahhhh! I want my bubble economy back. Everything go up,Mommy.

A Lunatic's picture

If only they had stupid check.

Gary Busey's picture

right ... and they didnt know they weren't paying their takes either

agent default's picture

The way I see it government will always spend whatever it collects from taxes, spend all of it on crap and then borrow and spend all of that too.  It doesn't really matter what they collected from taxes, if you run your finances like that you will go bankrupt sooner or latter.

V in PA's picture

You nailed it. Because stolen money is much easier to spend than the money you have to work for.

Acet's picture

The anti-MDB Pavlovian conditioning is so strong that even when he (she?) comes out of character and says something sensible there still is this irresisteable impulse to go for the down arrow :)

taniquetil's picture

Yup. So are flat-screen TVs and sports cars. And money. And bitches.

Liposuction's picture


In reality a right should be something that confers no obligation on anyone else.  Breathing is a right.  Liberty is a right.  Self defense is a right.

Housing, education, medical care, food.. These are not "rights" IMO.

bulldung's picture

Your "basic necessities" list leaves me LOL. You should change your name to king of Sarc.

Count de Money's picture

Absolutely right! Money appearing out of nowhere! The Greeks didn't want to know where it came from. Who cares where it came from! Let's live it up before the bill comes!

agent default's picture

Complacency is definitely something the Greeks were very good at.  And still are.  If you take a look at their protests, you will realize that all they are protesting is losing their benefits.  Not a word about the scamers that were borrowing and spending.  All they want is to go back to the good all days, the only reason they are rioting is because the party is over.  Never mind the details.

TSA gropee's picture

Sheer elevated ignorance. Governments are supposed to provide basic necessities? Perhaps you haven't noticed the price exacted from said populace in terms of freedom from tyranny by granting such "basic necessities". Such thinking has allowed governments to expand exponentionally and well, just take a look around and smell the tyranny.

holdbuysell's picture

screw the Western World.  They have been living a lavish existance for decades on credit.  Well isn't it a bitch when the bill finally comes

There. I fixed it for you.

Eireann go Brach's picture

You have some nerve you fucking clueless idiot! America's unions have put America on the same path as Greece with their demands.. Work for 20 years and then retire for 50 years...police, teachers, even fucking custodial...on a long enough timeline.....

Slartebartfast's picture

You have some nerve you fucking clueless idiot! America's PUBLIC unions have put America on the same path as Greece with their demands.. Work for 20 years and then retire for 50 years...police, teachers, even fucking custodial...on a long enough timeline.....

There.  Fixed it for you.

Bunga Bunga's picture

Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche, BMW  - all made by unionized workers. That's the reason why German cars were never premium cars, they are crap, nobody is buying them.




Calmyourself's picture

I still have a choice to do business with these companies.  Public unions not so much..  Worst thing Kennedy did.

Count de Money's picture

German unions are not the same. Unlike American unions, they understand that they have a stake in their companies success.

j0nx's picture

Nobody is buying them?? Um perhaps you need to do some more research on your theory...

ThatThatcher's picture

.......Erm are you for real?

Coast Watcher's picture

I think he left off the /sarc tag.