Things About To Turn Violent Again - Greece May Mobilize Police Against Striking Students And Teachers

Tyler Durden's picture

Even as the three bureaucratic stooges from the Eurogroup mumbled something or another about kicking the Greek can down the road in the just concluded press conference indicating that Finland will indeed get the Greek collateral its desires, only it will be in the form of worthless Greek bonds that can not be touched for 15 or so years, we have a feeling that Greek society may soon take matters into its own hands, and with quite a terminal outcome at that. According to Kathimerini, the Deputy Education Minister Evi Christofilopoulou (henceforth known simply as Lud-E-Chris) has "suggested" that the police be mobilized to break up "hundreds of sit-ins at schools on Monday a few hours after hundreds of pupils protesting cutbacks clashed with riot officers in central Athens." And if people think that our own version of occupational protests is troubling, just wait until a country's protesting student body comprehends that its country has just sicced the police force against it.

From Kathimerini:

“Universities and schools are public places and as such police can enter them of their own accord,” Christofilopoulou told Kathimerini.


The number of sit-ins at secondary schools rose above 650 yesterday while the number of university faculties currently occupied has dwindled to just over 100.


Christofilopoulou added that a controversial scheme, finalized by the government on Monday, to put 30,000 civil servants on labor standby status, which would see them receiving a heavily docked wage for 12 months before early retirement or dismissal, would also apply to schoolteachers.


Unionists accused the ministry of “artificially inflating teacher numbers.”

Naturally, one can see why we are skeptical the Troika will have much can kicking to do: Greece may do it all for them. After all there is hardly an incident in history in which a country's police force being directed to subdue the same country's student body has ever led to anything particularly notable, and all such interventions have usually concluded peacefully and with all parties singing Kum Ba Yah.

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unununium's picture

Greece isn't the only place where folks are fed up

Cynical Sidney's picture

i don't understand the word austerity. i mean, shouldn't the rich and powerful 1% embrace the concept of 'austerity', before imposing it on the 99% of people who are less fortunate than them? this is the real class war.

Big Corked Boots's picture

"When management talks about increasing productivity, they're never talking about themselves." - Scott Adams, as Dilbert

Spastica Rex's picture

Harvey Korman: The people are revolting!

Mel Brooks: You said it - they stink on ice.

AldousHuxley's picture

With all these people protesting, there has got to be one job created when protesters get hungry.


Gyro vendor. Of course the profit is in the drinks.


but I don't see any in any of the protest pictures.


I can also think of flag seller, and baseball bat vendor

Bicycle Repairman's picture

Greek police know they are in the same austerity mix, so what do they care if French and German banks are made whole.  They don't and they shouldn't.

dlmaniac's picture

It's some nerve to go on strike now that they are forced to retire at 57 instead of 54.

Rynak's picture

Average greek retirement age: 61 BEFORE the recent changes.

Go fuck yourself, proganda-asshole.

TheMerryPrankster's picture

“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.”  Aldous Huxley - the real Aldous Huxley

Race Car Driver's picture

The best propaganda is mostly true... it's a much easier pill to swallow. Mostly all pop icons serve this purpose... they're created by the system for the system.


Dilbert mocks the "induhviduals" who keep a man from doing his job, but on the larger issues of corporate malfeasance, Adams is mute. The cartoonist is even an apologist for downsizing. In a May 1997 Canadian television interview, he opined, "Everyone knows someone who came out fine after getting downsized. ... Suddenly it's not such a scary thing anymore."

Dilbert's wistful grousing about badly run companies is, as Solomon suggests, a safety valve that doesn't release any real pressure. Just as stress-management classes instruct employees in rage-swallowing and chronic-pain-enduring, Dilbert counsels submitting to the inevitable.

(full article here)

ping's picture

Kill, cook and eat Scott Adams. It's our only hope.

TheMerryPrankster's picture

Kill and cook perhaps, but he would only be fit to be fed to the dogs, and even then only dogs that were mad or certain to die soon of other maladies.

Mr. Adams is a parasite that pretends to be an artist.  His creativity is as deep as a conversation with Paris Hilton and he has become sucessful by being a feedback loop between his publisher and his audience, with the audience providng the actual content through web & email contributions, and Adams being the conduit by which such ideas are spread between his audience.

A decent plumber could cut him out of the piping and no one would notice he was gone.

He is a shadow of what cartoonist are. Put Adams up against Gary Larsen to see what a real cartoonist does.

or lots more at google:

boom goes the dynamite's picture

Greeks doing it to greeks, greek style.....oh the pain

nedwardkelly's picture

I looked at the tumblr you linked, it's great to see that the apathy is apparently subsiding. People have got so much to be pissed about.

This poor girl is a bit off the mark though...

*I get naked for money because it's the only way I can get ahead. How did I end up here. I have my BFA.


Nom de Guerre's picture

"Oh so you went to Big State U?  What was your major?"

{sigh} "Well, if you really must know, I majored in Applied Feminist Deconstruction Theory of the Patriarchal Rapesystem in Modern Societies."

"Wow.  That's pretty interesting.  So, what's a stripper make nowadays anyway?"

ping's picture

Sperm. A stripper makes sperm.


And facist black presidents. That too.

JohnF's picture

BFA? In this day and age? No wonder she has to get naked for money. Nobody is interested in anything else...

Chupacabra's picture

I'm well aware of the injustices of crony capitalism, but that site might as well be called  My favorite is the condo flipper who wants someone to suspend the laws of economics for him.  These are the people who will do anything for a handout or a free ride, at someone else's expense.  Sorry, can't trust a one of them.

nedwardkelly's picture

There's plenty of people on that site with not exactly what I would describe as sympathetic stories (boohoo, my car payment is too high). Sure that sort piss me off, but not as much as the politicians that put us in this mess.

Rentier's picture

Most of them on there have health issues.  Many of those suspect at best of why they can't work or function (bi-polar...oh I can't work at all bs) and just want handouts and someone to support their lazy lifestyle.  I suspect 99% of those on that site would not have survived say 50+ years ago before the great welfare nation we have now. 

JohnG's picture


I myself suffer from (treated) bipolar disorder.  True, some use it as an "excuse."  This is unacceptable.

I see it as an advantage: I think at the speed of light (or neutrinos if you prefer.)

Please do not make fun, it is a serious MEDICAL issue.  And it is medical.  Read on it.

Thank you.


CH1's picture

Went by a protest site today... didn't fond any End The Fed people, but did find class warfare activists.

Sorry to say, but all I saw was the usual lefty crap.

Some number of Joe Americans are waking up, but the Occupy group I saw were political types angling for a bigger share of the Leviathan's Pie.

Hedgetard55's picture

These pukes are shit for brains lefturd students who don't know shit from shinola.

JR's picture

Tyranny is organized, but the opposition begins as fragmented, leaderless, and often politically distasteful.  This opposition will soon disappear if it stays that way but its chances of expansion are very good considering the stated objective I’ve heard the most: namely, the overturning of the financial elite that controls the country for its own benefit.

According to CNN’s wire staff today, “The motto atop a website for ‘Occupy Los Angeles,’ which kicked off Saturday with a march from Pershing Square to City Hall, reads: ‘The revolution is happening ... It's just not in the news.’"

CNN reports that “the website of Seattle demonstrators describes the nationwide effort as ‘a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions.’

"’The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%,’ the statement continues, referring to what it sees as a sharp divide between the wealthiest Americans and the rest of society.”

Buck Johnson's picture

Thank you for the link, I read only a few so far and it shows the desperation. 

Mad Marv's picture

We haven't seen protests yet.  Let those SNAP cards quit working, or let our fiat reflect actual purchasing power in a true global economy, and you will then see some protests.  Some zombie-eating-fucking-zombie shit that will shock people.  I recommend staying at home those days, and living off your hoard, sleeping in shifts so that someone is round-the-clock awake and armed 'just in case'. 

OathKeeper's picture

Hi, I was a pot dealer, but now all my clients can't afford their student loans. So I live on a steady diet of Goverment chesse in a van down by the river.

macholatte's picture

The 99%

Shouldn't the Middle Class be too big to Fail?


How much can you know about yourself if you've never been in a fight?

  ~Fight Club


"It's only after you've lost everything," Tyler says, "that you're free to do anything." 

~ Fight Club



Pool Shark's picture

Protest Bitchez!

nmewn's picture

Greece May Mobilize Police Against Striking Students And Teachers

Teach Your Children Well ;-)

WmMcK's picture

Another great Eagles CSN tune.

(what, no strike-through?)

AldousHuxley's picture

public employees mobilizing against public employees and non-productive free loaders using state paid cars and battons, in the public square.


socialist competition?


nmewn's picture

lol...circular firing squad...but can they get credit to buy the bullets?

vast-dom's picture

And in other morose headlines:


Contraceptive Used in Africa May Double Risk of H.I.V. -- hmmmm to introduce a vaccine like this in AIDS ravaged territories.............does anyone actually think this is random/accidental?


pods's picture

Well I for one do not look at it as random, but wrong, dogmatic thinking.  Hormone shots or pills are very dangerous.  

If they ever did a study between carcinogenic intake, homone (birth control)  pills, and cervical cancer the world would be shocked to see the correlation.

I would not trust any "HIV" data out of Africa.  It is a joke, the last refuge for drug companies to peddle toxic crap that loses favor in the west.

(trailer autoplays FYI)


ZeroAffect's picture

Austerity. American public sector unions are on the list too. 

CompassionateFascist's picture

You mean Teachers' Unions and SEIU thugs. The Oink Sector. The sooner they - and the banksters - are out breaking rocks, the better for everyone else.

navy62802's picture

Actually, the banking sector has been bangin 7g rocks for the past 3 years on government cheese. And I mean that quite literally. You could say they've been "breaking out the rocks" instead of "out breaking rocks."

midtowng's picture

How can any sane person put school teachers and banksters in the same catagory?

ping's picture

The 'piss money away whilst letting down the nation' category?

OathKeeper's picture

Confusis say: Have pot but have no money much easier than time when have money but no pot.

walküre's picture

The PM is "thinking" about early retirement can only mean one thing. He's done, he's exhausted and he knows there is no hope, not in his lifetime.

Education is a privilege. The unions have completely destroyed that aspect and turned schools into factories. Students get programmed like machines on a belt.

I charge that if the unions had stayed out of the education sector completely, the people would be wiser and mistakes could have been avoided. The unions have aided the financial elite in dumbing down the population because education was never at the core of the union's charter, just the amount they would get paid in order to complete the product.

What are the unions protesting? That the hand that's been feeding them is going broke? Don't tell me the unions didn't know how fraudulent the process has been. They've been in it for the same reasons and now that the trough is empty, they're screaming.

What chapter of Animal Farm is that exactly?

darteaus's picture

They don't get programmed; they get processed.

colorfulbliss's picture

All your educations are belong to us

CU1981's picture

Kent Sate comes to mind ... that didn't turn outso well ... for the students.

zorba THE GREEK's picture

No, but it did make for a great Eagles song: "Four dead in Ohio"

kensuneit's picture

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.  Not Eagles.  And its just called Ohio.  The chorus is four dead in Ohio.

AldousHuxley's picture

That's why these kids shouldn't underestimate who they are up against.


99% should learn how to shoot guns, go out to Montana, form a militia, learn to farm, then come back to NYC to kill off banksters. We need to terminate these leeches of society like the French did.


Show the elites what the country looks like when 99% are poor. Hope they like living in a slum.