Greek children eat garbage, ‘austerity’ bureaucrats eat caviar

This 2013 video is about childhood hunger in Greece.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

“One in three Greek children living in poverty

Today, 06:02

One in three children lives below the poverty line in Greece; three years ago that figure was one in five. This said the Greek Children’s Ombudsman George Moschos this week at a meeting of the European Federation of Children Boards.

European children’s ombudsmen are very concerned about the deteriorating conditions in which Greek children grow up. …

Since October, the Dutchman Marc Dullaert is president of the European umbrella organization. The federation was meeting this week in Greece to discuss the Greek humanitarian situation.

No social services

“Greece has 1.7 million families without income. These people do not receive benefits or assistance,” said Dullaert. He called the situation disastrous and also speaks about a downward spiral and impoverishment. According to him in Greece children are eating out of garbage cans on the street. Poverty also leads to some children not getting an education because there is no money to pay the teachers.

The problems are compounded by the large influx of refugees. Greece registered over 11.000 refugees in 2014. Within last month alone there came 24,000. “The poor conditions in which these children live are not found anywhere in the official figures,” said Marc Dullaert. “But there are many, for sure.”

If the ‘austerity’ torture of Greece at the hands of the European Union and the IMF would continue after (I hope not) a ‘Yes’ vote at the 5 July referendum, then it will be still ‘more of the same’. Then the ‘one third of children’ according to these figures will become two-thirds or more (it will not become 100% because the richest 1% profiting from ‘austerity’ and now astroturfing a pro-poverty ‘Yes movement’ will transfer all sacrifices to the middle and poorer classes).

Nobel laureate tells TIME that the institutions and countries that have enforced cost-cutting on Greece “have criminal responsibility”: here.

Athens’ Zoo Animals Are at Risk of Starvation: here.

Elderly German people rummaging in garbage cans to survive: here.

48 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.”


  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.


  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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    5) Pics from Athens Anti-Eu forum


  4. Pingback: Greeks against austerity, Greek generals pro-austerity | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  5. Pingback: Solidarity with Greece demonstrators interrupt Angela Merkel | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  6. Pingback: Provisional Greek referendum result 61% NO | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  7. Pingback: Dijsselbloem, resign after Greek No, Dutch Socialist Party says | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  8. Pingback: ‘Greeks fight for democracy in Europe’ | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  9. Pingback: British trade unionists react to Greek referendum victory | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  10. Pingback: Anti-austerity in Greece, xenophobia in Germany | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  11. Pingback: British support for Greek people | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  12. Pingback: Greeks speak out after referendum No vote | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  13. Pingback: Goldman Sachs bank sued for ruining Greek economy? | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  14. Pingback: Refugees then and now, by Robert Fisk | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  15. Pingback: European Union anti-democratic attack on Greece | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  16. Pingback: ‘European Union coup against Greece’, British Greens say | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  17. Pingback: ‘European Union austerity will help neo-nazis’ | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  18. Pingback: German criticism of German government’s anti-Greek policies | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  19. Pingback: Greek workers repressed in 2011 | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  20. Pingback: European Union-IMF austerity, ruin for Greek people | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  21. Pingback: Germans reject German government’s anti-Greek people policy | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  22. Pingback: Puerto Rico, wreck education, hedge fund billionaires say | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  23. Pingback: Berlin people against German government’s anti-Greek policies | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  24. Pingback: German corporations exploiting Greece | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  25. Pingback: Greek ex-minister Varoufakis on austerity | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  26. Pingback: Greek lizards and food shortages, new research | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  27. Pingback: ‘Humanitarian’ wars, inhuman for refugees | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  28. Pingback: Greek government supports strike against its own austerity policies | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  29. Pingback: Dutch Nijmegen University lectures for refugees | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  30. Pingback: British hungry school children | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  31. Pingback: IMF plot for yet more poverty in Greece uncovered | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  32. Pingback: Austerity ruining Greece | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  33. Pingback: European Union demands more austerity in Spain, Portugal | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  34. Pingback: Greek austerity, Hungarian Jews, two new films | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  35. Pingback: Sri Lankan garbage dump kills many people | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  36. Pingback: British 94-year-old veteran’s election campaign for Labour | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  37. Pingback: Fascist Le Pen, Big Business Macron in French election second round | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  38. Pingback: Food wasted in Britain | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  39. Pingback: Hurricane Irma, hurricane Harvey devastation | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  40. Pingback: ‘New’ economy, poverty for German pensioners, Greeks | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  41. Pingback: British capitalist says capitalism not working | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  42. Pingback: Greek austerity tragedy, is it really over? | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  43. Pingback: Dijsselbloem ruined Greece, still hates Varoufakis | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  44. Pingback: British anti-Boris Johnson demonstrators interviewed | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  45. Pingback: Right-wing Greek government attacks refugees | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.