The “December Days”: a warning or a prediction? …

riots1A recent post on the Circle of 13 blog discussed the root causes underlying the youth unrest that rocked Greece. It all began with the shooting of a student, which incidentally the police claimed was accidental (the bullet hit the ground and somehow ricocheted, killing the 15 year old). This action triggered riots where within days, the youth managed to bring Athens almost to a standstill.

However, what is more intriguing is that the youth managed to enlist the support of the  Greek working class population. In some cases, they acted as barriers between the youth protestors and the police whose first “crowd control” modus operandi was tear gas. Their motives for supporting the youth are startlingly similar to the Kenyan scenario:

“Unemployment, poverty, inequality, massive intensification of work and exploitation, massive corruption of the ‘tops’ of society, as one after another corruption scandal came to light, and the “lack of future” for youth” … – Circle of 13 blog

The social explosion showed that Greeks (of whom official statistics show 22% live below the poverty line) were tired of a system that gave them many promises but delivered nothing. The list of unfulfilled pledges is reminiscent of the “goodies” politicians regularly promise Kenyans. For the Greeks:

“Former Prime Minister, Kostas Simitis, a few years ago, even had the gall to repeat Martin Luther King’s famous phrase, ‘I have a dream’, to further the lies he and the Greek ruling class peddled to the population. Initially, it was the entry of Greece into the European Union that would supposedly “solve” all the problems of the Greek economy and society. Then it was the advent of the Euro currency, in whose name Greek workers were asked to make ‘sacrifices’. Then it was the Olympic games, held in Greece in 2004, which were supposed to bring back the ‘spirit’ of ancient Greece. All of these false dawns led to accumulating mass anger in Greek society, as more and more workers and youth realised it was all lies and yet, in the meantime, the Greek bankers and ship owners, who exported their capital to the Balkans and Western Europe, were enjoying the highest profit returns in the whole of the EU!” – Circle of 13 blog

Sound familiar? Read on and decide whether the story of the ‘December Days’ of the Greek youth is just a warning or a prediction …

Update: Greek youths smash store windows and hurl firebombs at riot police who respond with tear gas during protests marking the first anniversary of the fatal police shooting of a teenager.


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  1. Pingback: Kenya’s youth are an endangered species « Yipe log

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