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(en) Greek News: A new package of anti-social (gr, en) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 05 Dec 2012 11:03:26 +0200


Wednesday, November 7 ---- The Greek Parliament voted for a new package of austerity measures. It is almost impossible to describe in detail all these measures and their impact on the lives of Greeks, even in outline, but in Generally, we can say that including a large number of redundancies, a further decline in wages, pensions and benefits, they destroy what remained standing after three years of austerity. ---- The retirement age increases by two years, which means that the majority of workers retiring at age 67, even those who could retire next year. Pension cuts of between 5 and 15% reduction in premiums Christmas and Easter for all retirees and officials, according to the circumstances and conditions, reduction or termination of benefits, such as unemployment benefits, aid against poverty, family benefits and even benefits for the disabled.

They also introduce a retrospective change agreement
national collective labor which was declared unconstitutional
by a special committee of Parliament itself, but that does not seem
not disturb the Government. Under this amendment, the minimum wage
will be frozen and, from today, regulated by the Ministry of
Work itself. There will be no increase in the scale for all
wages, employers have the right to give shorter notice
before dismissal, redundancy pay lower one
lower contribution to pension funds and health hours
work according to their will. Finally, employers are not required to
follow the national convention if they do not sign!

Further increases in indirect taxes, measures against income
farmers, layoffs in the public sector and the flexibility
Total for officials. The package contains the continuation
privatization of the public sector, increasing privatization of
hospital care, including a hospital fee (one patient
hospital must pay 25 euros), which for a country with more than 30%
unemployment means that thousands of people will no longer be
able to afford medical treatment.

Greece, on 6 and 7 November general strike

The General Confederation of Greek trade unions called for a general strike
48 hours on 6 and 7 November.

Tuesday, November 6, the first day of the general strike.
Several thousand people gathered in the morning at
National Museum collection point, near the School
Polytechnic to manifest. It seems that the continuous strikes in
transport and general strikes during the last
period prevented people from attending. Despite the presence of a large
number of squadrons of riot police, plainclothes police and
police units on a motorcycle in most streets and streets
side leading to Syntagma Square, protesters have occupied
until one in the morning. It was a quiet day strike enough
disappointing!

The second day, things were different. In the afternoon, when
the package was submitted to the vote, there were several calls to
gather outside Parliament. Many strikers were
arrested by the police, their units and attacked the demonstrators blocked
trying to get to the assembly point. In addition,
metro stations in the center of Athens were closed by police
and, on several occasions, police arrests
preventive to prevent demonstrators from reaching the place
Syntagma.

Despite the mobilization of the police, at least 100,000 protesters
resembled at 18h 30 front or side of the Greek Parliament. At 19h,
demonstrators began to push the gates that protected the
Parliament as soon as they were able to destroy a small part,
units of riot police intervened. Molotov cocktails
(Firebombs) were launched by the protesters to defend
against the police attacks. Huge quantities of grenades
tear gas and stun grenades were used by
squads of riot police to force the protesters to evacuate
instead. But the protesters wanted to stay and they are grouped
whenever they were forced to disperse the gas. Pressure
demonstrators was so intense that the police used to
first water cannons against persons during a strike.

There were clashes outside Parliament and around the square
Syntagma for hours until the rain begins to fall. It
was amazing to see that people did not want to leave
place! But the combination of tear gas and the rain made the
unbreathable up the majority of the demonstrators. Most of
them left the place under attack by police squads
riot. When groups of strikers left the place,
police units attacked them, causing many casualties. To
least 40, some of them were treated by doctors and
Nurses strike in a sort of makeshift clinic in a
area hotel.

After a final attempt to regain Syntagma Square, around 22h of
units of riot police finally left the place in a shower
fighter. 103 arrests, five arrests, at least 40 protesters
wounded and seven policemen. The severe austerity package was
adopted by Parliament after the vote at midnight.

COMMUNIST PARTY LIBERTAIRES (ATHENS)



COMMENTARY ON GENERAL STRIKE OF 48 HOURS

Outside, the cops with their CPA, chemicals, guns,
motorcycles and, during this time, a blatantly within the
Parliament voted to lower wages and pensions for
dismissal of thousands of people and many other things
shameful. Outside, in the rain, a huge police operation
place against protesters who remained, using gas
tear gas to disperse them.

The state money. He has money to enforce a State
police in the streets. He money to buy tons of products
chemicals and APC. He has money to arm the special units
repression.

As long as people are not willing to lose a day's wages,
risk losing two or three basic things, their physical misery
and moral certainty. Whole system of repression, spray
tear gas, the closure of streets around the Constitution by
riot police, aligned side by side, not intended for anything other than
force us to bow our heads and keep silent. Their goal is to clear
streets, forcing us to stay at home immersed in depression
or to flee an aircraft and emigrate.

But this place is not theirs. The fight for this land and its
freedom is a battle we fight for years. Whatever
how many cops they put in place, this struggle will not stop.
Regardless of their actions in Parliament, the number of votes
elections, nothing is finished and nothing will be completed according to
wish.

We have nothing else to do than to give way to rage, as
says a recent anarchist slogan written on a street in Athens.

COMMUNIST PARTY LIBERTAIRES (ATHENS)
translated by the International Relations of the Anarchist Federation (FA)
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