The Global Austerity Resistance Continues

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Allison Kilkenny writes at the Nation:

Tens of thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Spain and Greece this week in response to ongoing budget cuts and high unemployment. In Spain, unemployment has passed the 5 million mark for the first time since records began—attracting widespread criticism over the conservative government’s austerity plans. Similarly, Greece, which has served as a laboratory for austerity enthusiasts, has suffered mass poverty, unemployment and suicide since severe budget cuts were implemented by the government.

“Poverty, unemployment, suicides. Enough is enough,” was the slogan chanted on Syntagma square by some 1,500 Greek demonstrators non-affiliated with political parties who were mobilized through social media. The demonstration ended when police shot tear gas at protesters—a police tactic also used during the anti-austerity demonstrations in Athens when the debt crisis began in late 2009.

Earlier this month, three people in central Greece killed themselves on the same day, and analysts said there is a correlation between the rising rates and three years of pay cuts, tax hikes and slashed pensions that have pushed many people into poverty. According to the Greek Reporter:

There has been a sharp rise in the number of suicides in Greece since the beginning of the crisis in 2009, with official sources putting the figure at over 3,100 from the start of 2009 to August 2012, though experts say that deaths by suicide are often not documented as such because of the social stigma attached to them.

On Saturday, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras promised that there would be “no more austerity measures” as international creditors prolonged an audit of crisis reforms.

“There will be no more austerity measures,” Samaras said in a televised speech to his conservative party’s political committee.

“And as soon as growth sets in, relief measures will slowly begin,” Samaras said.

But he noted that Greece’s ailing economy was “out of intensive care, not out of the hospital.”

However, it seems unlikely Samaras will have the last word on budget cuts, and auditors have made it clear they expect to see an increase in privatization plans. Under the bailout conditions adopted last year, Greece needs to cut public sector workers by 25,000 in 2013 and a total of 150,000 by the end of 2015.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

    The ECB and IMF won’t let Greece leave the Euro zone, despite all of their rhetoric and austerity measures. The feigned solvency of the world’s banks depend on the integrity of Greek (or Spanish, or Italian, or Portuguese, or Irish) debt. The people of Greece (or whoever else) must be made to suffer until they don’t put up with the bullshit anymore and overthrow their government. By pitting themselves against the population of the world, the banksters have devised their own downfall. Just a matter of time.

    • Anarchy Pony

      They can always hire half of the poor to kill the other half.

    • Anarchy Pony

      They can always hire half of the poor to kill the other half.

      • http://twitter.com/RayButlers Ray Butlers

        that’s the plan. The Right Wing Militias in the US, comprised almost entirely of poor white people (meaning that not all are poor, but all are white) stand at the ready to shoot the “Others”.

      • http://twitter.com/RayButlers Ray Butlers

        that’s the plan. The Right Wing Militias in the US, comprised almost entirely of poor white people (meaning that not all are poor, but all are white) stand at the ready to shoot the “Others”.

        • Anarchy Pony

          It’s how the elites have always survived.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

            At least up until now–that’s all we can say about that.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

            At least up until now–that’s all we can say about that.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

            At least up until now–that’s all we can say about that.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

            At least up until now–that’s all we can say about that.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

            At least up until now–that’s all we can say about that.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

            At least up until now–that’s all we can say about that.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

            At least up until now–that’s all we can say about that.

        • InfvoCuernos

          The scariest part about thinking about a modern american revolution is going up against other americans-those fuckers are crazy. It might be divided by “right” and “left” at first, but I think it will break down into ruthless vs. cut-throat.

          • Anarchy Pony

            Which side is morally superior? Cut-Throat sounds pretty kick ass.

          • Calypso_1

            Ruthless is morally superior; cut-throat logistically so.

          • Anarchy Pony

            Well shit…

          • Anarchy Pony

            Well shit…

          • Calypso_1

            One can however be ruthlessly cut-throat (energetically wasteful) or simply a moral relativist. Then you will be demonized by historians but secretly they will thank you for being a net jobs creator in the historical-entertainment complex.

          • Calypso_1

            One can however be ruthlessly cut-throat (energetically wasteful) or simply a moral relativist. Then you will be demonized by historians but secretly they will thank you for being a net jobs creator in the historical-entertainment complex.

          • InfvoCuernos

            O, don’t tell me you’re still looking for “good vs. evil” in this day and age.

          • Anarchy Pony

            I’m pretty sure that good and evil boil down to semantics.

          • I_abide

            Can I break the two party mold and opt for S@$t disturber?

          • I_abide

            Can I break the two party mold and opt for S@$t disturber?

  • jnana

    Naomi Klein’s book The Shock Doctrine really opened my eyes to whats going on in the world of economics.