After the murder of the
anti-fascist Paul Fyssas, other two murders followed. This time, security
cameras recorded everything. Two neo-Nazis, members of Greece's
far-right Golden Dawn, were killed in cold blood; another one was injured
outside the party’s offices. Every thinking Greek knew that soon this revenge
would come. On my blog I mentioned that retaliation would come when the situation in Greece (regarding
the Golden Dawn issue) calmed down. I did not
expect such a gruesome hit.
On the one hand, no
terrorist organization has taken the responsibility for this murder until now. On
the other hand, the executives of Golden Dawn say that they will not cause
incidents, stressing that whatever follows, it will be just a provocation against
Golden Dawn. In my opinion, I'm afraid we will have news of another murder.
While we were having a
new kind of civil war in the streets of Athens,
the Greek government instructed the police to break in the offices of the Greek
public broadcasting service. The Greek public television closed in June of this summer after an extraordinary prime minister's decision. This act was one
solid and treacherous punch at democracy. But the made-redundant employees and
journalists occupied the corporation’s headquarters and refused to leave,and with the support of
Greek people, continued to broadcast over the internet. Their struggle ended
last Thursday. On Thursday at dawn, police special forces stormed the central
station Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi (ERT)and kicked the staff out, arresting some of them.
The same afternoon,
several people gathered at the entrance of the building. The police guarded the
main gate. Nobody could get into. Then, the employees and journalists took a
heroic decision. The newscast took place on the road. I was there, and I felt
proud of some of my fellow citizens who still give a fight for democracy. One
million two hundred thousand viewers watched through the internet the news
bulletin “on the road”. The journalists - the police officers guarding the
entrance on the background - talked about the Fascist decisions and actions of
the Greek government.
Meanwhile, the Greek government
used to justify the Greek presidency, which will begin next year. "As a
country we need to have a public television to hold the presidency." The
Public television Greece already had. The government, not afraid
of becoming a laughingstock, closed it in one day, and created a new one which
is being used as a propaganda tool. Simos Kedikoglou, the spokesman of the
Greek government, said that the police were forced to invade the central
buildings of the public television to protect some expensive equipment and to
return to the Greek people a public building which was illegally occupied.
While the Greek civil
society is rising, and democracy in this country has now disappeared (democracy
must be suppressed to allow a government to use such inhuman measures), other European
governments and the International Monetary Fund require some more austerity.
Witnessing a certain
indifference of other Europeans towards the Greek citizens, I wonder if the
residents of other European countries are aware of the situation here in Greece.
Do the inhabitants of northern Europe know that mostly half of
the Greek population does not work and the other half can’t keep its salary
because it’s "stolen" by the government in a bunch of ways? Do they
also know that many politicians are embroiled in financial scandals but nobody
bothers them because they are protected by other European politicians? Is there
anyone who knows about the Fascist history of Mr. Voridis, Mr.
Georgiadis, Prime Minister of Greece Mr.
Samaras, Mr. Dendias and other government politicians? Is there anyone who
knows about the participation of Mr. Venizelos in several financial scandals of Greece,
as Lagarde’s list or in purchasing submarines?
Does the European
population know about the Fascist measures imposed on Greek population? I'm
sure that other European politicians and European media are aware of this, but
nobody speaks about it. Why?
Does this European
silence hide a sense of guilt for the situation in Greece?
This situation reminds
me of the civil war in Yugoslavia.
When the international channels only displayed the massacres of Bosnians
Muslims perpetrated by Serbs. The world hated Serbs because the channels and
the governments wanted that. The war ended, and so did the shared interests of
the major powers which set the situation up. Then the channels showed a bunch
of information, testimonies, videos, photos and other documents showing the
massacres of Serbs by Bosnian Muslims. The war, however, had long ended. Nobody
was interested about those revelations.
And nowadays, European
governments present a false picture of Greece.
But Greece is
not a solitary state. It is part of a group, the European Union.
This group, the European
Union is behaving awfully towards Greece.
This group is blind to the danger of Fascism. This group is indifferent to the
rights and freedom of a part of the European citizens. This group tries to turn
the South into a cesspool for all immigrants from Africa and Asia.
As a Greek and European
citizen, I ask you all, is this the Europe you want?
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