Just a few short days ago I predicted that seven weeks could see revolution in Greece.
This evening Athens is burning, the police are horrendously outnumbered and seemingly have little hope of controlling the mob.
Papademos, the unelected puppet leader of Greece, addressed the nation a couple of days ago warning of chaos if the cuts needed to meet the bailout conditions were not enforced.
Well, I hope you’re looking out of your window now chum, because if this isn’t chaos, I don’t know what is. In a scene eerily reminiscent of the final scene of V for Vendetta, the Greek parliament is surrounded by a thin line of police and a huge crowd (some sources are saying over 100,000 people are on the streets tonight). The crowd is angry.
Some will be angry that their country has been forced to bend the knee to Germany and Brussels, some will be angry that their politicians have lied and dissembled to get to this point, some will be angry that their government has surrendered their population’s sovereignty, some will be angry that the cuts are hurting them, most are probably angry with themselves, angry that they swallowed every promise of free money and gratis luxury.
I go back to what I wrote the other day; it may be that the crowds, having had their say, go back to the few jobs they have tomorrow, or it may be that the ground outside the Greek parliament resembles Tahrir Square or the land surrounding the ‘House of the People’ when Ceaucescu got his as the underdog locks in his teeth and hangs on for grim death.
If the police really lose control or are incapable of imposing order, and bear in mind the police are right in the firing line for these cuts, then the only solution is to call in the troops. I wonder how well disposed they’ll be to supporting the status quo?
In a way it is irrelevant, if it doesn’t happen this time, the next bailout tranche will see more cuts, more bending of the knee and kissing of the EUro imperial ring, and more riots. If the big one isn’t tonight and this week, then it will be the next one, or the one after, but it will come, this course of action by the IMF, ECB, European Commission and Greek politicians have assured it as much as day follows night. Meanwhile the politicians, with no democratic mandate, stand in their parliament dictating to the population what they must do at the behest of foreign powers. Big mistake.
Interesting times indeed.