"We are all Greeks" is the slogan people are chanting around the world in support of crippling austerity measures against Greece
By Douglas MacAndrew
A Facebook movement is growing mimicking the Arab Spring or the "Marble Spring", this time its in support of destitute Greece with citizens of France, Spain, Germany, Italy and the leader of the UKIP party in Britain, Nigel Farage all claiming "We are all Greeks". The movement which is protesting at the way in which Germany has imposed crippling austerity measures on Greece is gaining support with Greek Embassies reporting around Europe citizens from Rome, Paris and other capitals requesting Greek citizenship as a sign of solidarity to Greece. In Cyprus thousands of people are donating food and money to Greece as thousands of Greeks are on the poverty line, with no food, no hope and a government unable to provide welfare and support.
Marco Galanti the mayor of Cava Tel Tierni near Salerno an Italian city, has pledged to pay his salary to Greece in support of Greece. 1,100 Euro's a month of his salary will be paid to the Greek government, in a protest that was made public when a letter sent by the Italian mayor to the President of the European Commission Jose Barrosso, the Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti and the Greek Prime Minister Loucas Papademas.
In marches to be staged across Europe tomorrow, European citizens are protesting at the way in which a proud nation, Greece, has been forced to kneel under the strict rules imposed by the Troika. "We are all Greeks" is the slogan that thousands will be shouting at the unfair and cruel nature of the austerity measures which has the minimum wage in Greece cut by 20%, taxes increase, and thousands made jobless by swinging cuts in the public sector.
John Holloway in The Guardian said today:
"We are all Greeks. We are all subjects whose subjectivity is simply being flattened by the steamroller of a history determined by the movement of the money markets. Or so it seems and so they would have it. Millions of Italians protested over and over again against Silvio Berlusconi but it was the money markets that brought him down. The same in Greece: demonstration after demonstration against George Papandreou, but in the end it was the money markets that dismissed him. In both cases, loyal and proven servants of money were appointed to take the place of the fallen politicians, without even a pretence of popular consultation. This is not even history made by the rich and powerful, though certainly they profit from it: it is history made by a dynamic that nobody controls, a dynamic that is destroying the world, if we let it."
Nigel Farage the leader of UKIP said in the European Parliament:
"Greece isn't a democracy now it's run through a troika, three foreign officials that fly into Athens airport and tell the the Greeks what they can and can't do. The violence and destruction you saw on Sunday is being caused directly because people are having their democratic rights taken from them, what else can they do? If I was a Greek citizen I'd be out there trying to bring down this monstrosity that has been put upon those people."
photo credit: Facebook page "We are all Greeks"