Two words can describe yesterday's first anti-government protest organized by the far-left Antarsya party now that the Greek honeymoon with the new Syriza government is over: disorganized and violent, as the following video which captured the gist of yesterday's event - which can hardly be called a protest and if anything was just young angry people tossing Molotov cocktails, shows.
Which is why today's first truly official protest organized by the Greek communist party in front of the Greek parliament on the well-known Syntagma square, will get far more attention, especially since it was Syriza's own anti-bailout protests that filled the same venue as recently as a few weeks ago.
The Guardian reports:
"the chants of KKE communist party protesters are wafting through central Athens, reports Helena Smith, as they march through the city centre on their way up Syntagma square where tonight’s “anti-loan” rally is due to take place. It has been raining hard in the Greek capital and only the hardiest are expected to attend the demonstration called to denounce the leftist-led government’s climbdown in Brussels last week.
A statement by Greece’s celebrated composer Mikis Theodorakis denouncing the loan accord was to be read out at the rally. Theodorakis met with Alexis Tsipras earlier this week; clearly he’s not placated...."
It may be raining, but that has not stopped a few thousand Greeks from coming out and doing what they do best: demand an end to the austerity, only to realize such a demand is impossible in the confines of the Eurozone:
The question now is: which party will pick up the baton from Syriza, which took just about a month to reneg on virtually all its electoral promises, an event Bloomberg described as follows: "In what’s turning that nightmare into reality, Greece’s month-old anti-austerity government led by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had a rude awakening last Friday when German-led pressure forced it to pedal back on most election pledges in the face of national insolvency. On the streets of Athens, Greeks used to political flip-flops in the five years of their odyssey to financial health are taking what has been a capitulation in their stride."
“When you have your hand outstretched and they say there’s no money, that’s when you put your hands up in the air,” said Alexandra Dimopulos, 60, a retired civil servant. “You may have all the good intentions in the world but that means nothing when you have no money for them.”
Pretty much sums it up.
Live feed from the scene of the event: