Gunfire under Acropolis

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15 January 2013

The conditions for a popular uprising against the rightwing coalition government in Greece have been building up exponentially over the past six years of recession as the nepotistic Greek partitocracy, brushing off accusations of endemic corruption and tax evasion, has buckled to the dictates of the triad – Berlin, Brussels and Washington – and imposed savage slashbacks in the living standards of ordinary Greeks.

The simmering popular revolt, till now largely confined to regular and unruly mass demonstrations, has now made a quantum leap in the direction of armed confrontation.

The following is the major part of a report by Reuters that was published on the website of the London Guardian last night Monday 14 January 2013:

“Unidentified attackers opened fire on the Athens headquarters of Greece’s New Democracy party with a Kalashnikov assault rifle early on Monday in what the government said was a worrying escalation in political violence.

Police said a bullet pierced the window of the office that the conservative Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, maintains in the building [in Syngrou Avenue] near the city centre, but no one was hurt.

The early morning gun assault follows a spate of makeshift bomb attacks against journalists and political figures in the past week, some claimed by leftist groups angry at Greece’s deep financial crisis.

Greece is in the sixth year of a recession that has fuelled anger against foreign lenders and the political class, blamed by Greeks for bringing the country close to bankruptcy.

…….

Political violence is not uncommon in Greece but deadly attacks are rare.

…….

Government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou said even a symbolic attack on the prime minister was unheard of.

‘This is a new, worrying escalation of the effort to create terror in our society,’ he said.

The recent attacks have targeted public figures.

On Sunday, the Athens home of Kedikoglou’s brother was hit by a petrol bomb and three New Democracy offices in the city were targeted on Friday.

No injuries were reported in the attacks.

Police blamed Sunday’s attack on far-left protesters angry at a police raid last week that cleared a squat popular with anti-establishment groups. About 100 people were arrested.

On Friday, a number of small homemade bombs exploded outside the Athens homes of five Greek journalists working for major media outlets.

In an internet statement, a group going by the name Lovers of Lawlessness, claimed responsibility, accusing the journalists of doing the bidding of politicians.

The conservative-led coalition government has imposed harsh tax hikes and salary cuts in its six months in power……unemployment has reached about 27% and living standards have plunged……”

 

Antigone1984:

 It is, of course, regrettable that it has come to this in the birthplace of western democracy.

But what did they expect?

In the end, even a worm will turn.

In our view, the ultimate terrorists are the triad’s stooges in government who are tyrannizing the Greek people on behalf of their puppet-masters in the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

The question now is: will this sputtering of revolt turn into a damp squib or is this the spark that will set the house on fire?

Watch this space.

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 You might perhaps care to view some of our earlier posts.  For instance:

1. Why? or How? That is the question (3 Jan 2012)

2. Partitocracy v. Democracy (20 July 2012)

3. The shoddiest possible goods at the highest possible prices (2 Feb 2012)

4. Capitalism in practice  (4 July 2012) 

5.Ladder  (21 June 2012)

 6. A tale of two cities (1)  (6 June 2012)

 7. A tale of two cities (2)  (7 June 2012)

 8. Where’s the beef? Ontology and tinned meat (31 Jan 2012)

Every so often we shall change this sample of previously published posts.

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