40 thoughts on “Greek children eat garbage, ‘austerity’ bureaucrats eat caviar

  1. MARTIN McGUINNESS is proud to be branded “as bad as the Greeks” by the Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers, he told the Star yesterday.

    In an exclusive interview, the Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister said he was “honoured” by the Tory minister’s attempted slight.

    He was speaking on the day an article penned by Ms Villiers appeared in the Belfast Telegraph under the headline: “Northern Ireland politicians as bad as the Greeks.”

    She warned some parties were going down the “path of reckless irresponsibility” by refusing to implement Tory welfare cuts that would “lead to the kind of politics now playing out in parts of Europe.”

    But Mr McGuinness hit back, saying: “I think in saying that she bestows a great honour on us.

    “We’re happy to be fighting austerity alongside all those in Europe who are very concerned about how austerity is impacting on society.”

    The senior Sinn Fein figure spoke to the Star in Parliament during a two-day visit to seek support for the party’s campaign against cuts.

    The Deputy First Minister has vetoed Tory welfare changes, including the bedroom tax.

    But the Northern Ireland government now faces a £600 million budget deficit because its block grant has also been cut.

    On Wednesday, Mr McGuinness warned MPs from British parties that the cuts are a greater danger to the power sharing deal than dissident republicans or loyalists.

    And yesterday he met leaders of the People’s Assembly after speaking at its 250,000-strong demonstration in London last month.

    Mr McGuiness said that, as a Stormont minister, “I have to work with the Tories.

    “I also have to be true to myself as someone who is anti-austerity, is for the working class.

    “I’m not going to have as my legacy that I was the person that was effectively the administrator of Tory cuts in the north of Ireland.”

    Sinn Fein had been leading the polls in the Republic of Ireland until a recent slump.

    Asked if negative comparisons with Greek ruling party Syriza would damage Sinn Fein’s 2016 election campaign, he said: “No, I think our anti-austerity message has struck a chord with people all over the island of Ireland.

    “We’re at the forefront of these arguments defending the most vulnerable people in society and we’re very proud to do that.”

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-56bc-McGuinness-is-proud-to-be-branded-as-bad-as-Greeks#.VZahI0Z8rOo

  2. From England:

    HUNDREDS of people are expected to rally in London today in solidarity with the Greek people saying no to the austerity measures demanded by European leaders.

    Trafalgar Square will once more be the setting for a “Greek solidarity festival” hosted by the Debt Jubilee and Greece Solidarity campaigns this afternoon.

    Greece will take to the ballot box on Sunday to decide on whether to support a crippling set of bailout conditions proposed by the European Central Bank, the IMF and the European Commission.

    MPs and anti-austerity campaigners have been calling for cancellation of the debt bill, in the same way as Germany was relieved of its post-war debt.

    Green Party leader Natalie Bennett told the Star: “On Sunday the Greek people are facing a tough choice.

    “It’s tough because they’ve been put under tremendous pressure by a troika of institutions with no democratic legitimacy, that is trying to force more austerity on a country that’s already been all but crippled by that policy.

    “This is a disaster caused by the financial sector and its agents. If it were a tsunami or an earthquake, the world would be rushing to help.

    “We need that kind of response now — significant debt relief and investment in Greece’s future.”

    Ms Bennett will be speaking at today’s rally alongside sacked Athens worker Harris Sideris and others.

    Those attending will also be asked to drop their vote on a People’s Ballot on Austerity, with Nos expected to overwhelmingly win.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-ae1a-Hundreds-expected-for-Greek-solidarity-protest#.VZe8TEZ8rOo

  3. 1) All out for a Greek NO – Athens call
    Common European Popular Struggle against austerity

    The victory of the NO vote in the referendum will be a victory for all people of Europe and a message of hope, resistance and dignity.
    http://www.antiimperialista.org/No_in_greek_referendum

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    2) Greek NO to delivery a blow to Euro oligarchy
    Tsipras’s wavering on clear break threatening secure victory
    by Wilhelm Langthaler

    But the shortcomings of Syriza’s leadership are obvious and endangering this possible popular victory. They have had nearly half a year to dissolve the widespread paradigm within the popular masses of being able to ending austerity while maintaining the Euro. All Greek attempts to pressurize Berlin into a “compromise with dignity” along the last months clearly taught that this is completely impossible. Instead of helping the people to understand the need of a rupture dissolving the impossible electoral mandate of January, instead of openly and convincingly preparing a plan B, Syriza keeps sticking to the contra factual idea that they can soften austerity within the Euro regime. They presented the referendum as nothing more than the last bargaining chip to threaten the troika into the impossible compromise so far not achieved.

    http://www.antiimperialista.org/Greek_no_despite_Syriza_waivering

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    3) The Greek referendum and the tasks of the Left
    by Stavros Mavroudeas

    This conflict is being fought along very clear class lines. This is almost obvious if you stroll around in Athens’ neighborhoods or in work places. In bourgeois areas and in managerial functions there is an unforeseen mobilization of even apolitical people in favor of YES. On the one hand, in working class and popular quarters there is an evident majority of NO. Middle class areas tend to divide between haves and have nots.

    http://www.antiimperialista.org/Syriza_hesitating

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    4) Declaration of Athens against the EU

    The international anti-EU Forum moves forward with the meeting in Athens on 26-28th of June. Our goal is the proliferation of popular and forces of the Left that fight for social transformation , which are coordinated through the anti-EU forum, as well as the proliferation of the struggles against EU for the withdrawal of the European states from the Eurozone and the imperialist EU.

    http://www.antiimperialista.org/Athens_against_EU

    ***

    5) Pics from Athens Anti-Eu forum

    http://www.euroexit.org/index.php/dt_gallery/athens-2

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