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Athens rocked by protests

Violence marks demonstrations against Greek austerity measures


 

Protesters took to the streets of Athens Friday after the Greek parliament passed a series of austerity measures aimed at cutting into the country’s crippling debt. Riot police used tear gas and baton charges to disperse protesters who smashed the glass fronts of two banks, two hotels, a mobile phone shop and a fast-food restaurant. Earlier in the day, left-wing militants violently attacked one of Greece’s top union leaders, Yiannis Panagopoulos, while he was addressing the crowd. The measures introduced by the government are projected to boost government revenues by $6.7 billion via tax increases and drastic cuts to the salaries of civil servants. The Greek government hopes to introduce legislation that will shave a total of $22.4 billion off the country’s staggering $42 billion deficit, which is four times higher than allowed under EU rules.


 
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Athens rocked by protests

  1. Question for the Greek mobs: Just how much more should your kids be paying for your unsustainable excesses?

  2. The problem with socialism is eventually you run out of other peoples money.

    Newsflash to entitled government workers: there's no more other peoples money.

    • The problem with capitalism is that eventually you run out of money and have to borrow it from the socialists to keep the elites afloat in cash.

      • When has this ever happened?

  3. If trends continue, this will be us in twenty years.

    • Not that I approve whatsoever of these pathetic acts, but to be fair the crazy right-wing militants are no better. All you have to do is look South over the past year to realize crazy people do crazy things…regardless of political ideologies.

      • I don't know what you mean by "South over the past year", but it is true that there are crazy people on all sides of the political spectrum and anything can happen. It's only on the Left, however, that you find extreme hatred and violence in the name of "tolerance". It would be funny if it wasn't so pathetic.

    • Wasn't it the left-wing militants in the 90s who aggressively attacked out-of-control spending and debt accumulation so that the books were balanced and healthy in time for the next 'conservative' government?

      • When I speak of "left-wing militants" I mean people who physically assault those who disagree with them, not people who just happen to disagree with me. The raw hatred and violence I've seen first hand in this regard (in the name of "tolerance"!) is a real eye-opener. You can get a much fainter feel for it by some of the lies and personal attacks you see from leftists (usually with very high "thumb" ratings) on these threads, but it's a whole different ballgame when you see it enacted physically.

      • The Liberals were anything but left-wing militants and were probably more conservative than the 'Conservatives' in power today.

        • Balancing the Budget is never easy. Remember, it was the Liberals who cut 23 Billion from Heath Care funding, "Borrowed" 19 Billion from the EI tax fund, and placed a 1.5 cent tax on Gasoline (which has never been removed) and raised taxes to achieve this.