Saturday, May 15, 2010

Actors in Greek drama seek catharsis

by David Gardner

Financial Times
May 14, 2010

Ten days after enraged protesters laid siege to Greece’s parliament, and extremist provocateurs torched a bank and killed three of its employees, the anger in Athens is more sullen than incendiary. The almost daily demonstrations are tightly policed and falling in numbers. Trade union leaders appear to be keeping their powder dry, to launch a wave of industrial action beginning with a general strike next week.

“Strikes and more strikes, from here on that’s our answer”, said one demonstration organiser at a march on Wednesday, as he used his megaphone to cry “Down with the junta of the markets”, echoed by chants from the crowd of “Half a wage, half a pension, they shall not pass”. But passing they are. So far.


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