George VanLente made the video.
This video from Greece says about itself:
In Case I Don’t Die – A Greek whisper to Europe
«No, don’t look at me like that… I won’t make you feel uncomfortable. No more than necessary. You know that this video could begin or end with an imposing shot of the Acropolis. Or the Olympics. Or the deep blue waters of the Aegean. Or with people losing their jobs and homes. Or others sleeping in tiny carton boxes. Or others driving luxurious cars. But this shall not happen. Because this video wasn’t made to impress nor to shock you. Because these words are not a scream. They’re a whisper.
I could be reading this in English, or German, or French, or Spanish or Portuguese, or Finnish. But this won’t happen. Because I want to speak to you in my language. The same way I’d like you to think in yours. Whatever language you speak. In every language. Because they’re all ours. Because we’re all European citizens. Proud people. And we have the right to be different. Provided we’re happy with everyone’s fundamental right to happiness. The people of my generation. And your generation. No matter what that is. And whatever the gender, or the religion, or the sexual preference is and every ambition and dream as well. Because the right to survival, to work, to optimism, the right to live, in every sense, is mutual.
We are all victims of a financial mountain we built to supply us with fresh water. And what about the tree? What about the people? Did we forget all about them? The cynical, suffocating policies of the Troika finances a draining mechanism which pumps a constant flow of water away from people’s thirst. Are we willing to run out of cool water to keep the restless nuclear reactor cool or shall we agree to serve the people for whom it was built in the first place? So far, only those who operate the reactor profit. Because they bet on fear. Mine and yours. Moment of inertia. Instead of what there is, can there be something else? Something fair and viable. Something made by us for us. With no default win-win situation for the bureaucrats. With complete renegotiation of countries’ debts turning them into a fair, viable contribution plan to the Union’s annual budget. A new Deal. Without collapsing economies. Without masters and servants. Without any riots. Without reaching a melting point. Is this too romantic? Can Europa live without her Bull?
My words are a call for a mutual hug. And an honest, a sincere, “I like to see you smile”. In the years to come. That’s what European Integration is all about. Now is our chance. The so-called “Apathetic Generation”, “Generation-Y”, the generation of depravities, the “screen generation”, the melancholic generation, the “lost generation”, can be the first generation in modern history who will some day recite the story of dreaming about something better. And making it happen. We can be that generation. The proudest. Us Greeks became the guinea pig of austerity. Because we dared to implement it. And we made it. In paper. And yet we are dying. In life. Now we dare to be the guinea pig of hope. For a fairer Europe. With lots of hard work. With honesty. Together. Don’t leave us alone. Don’t be afraid. I want and I can contribute. I can bear it. As long as I have the right to smile. You?»
This video was shot in Athens, Greece, in March 2015.
Featuring: Danny Giannakopoulou
Music: K. BHTA
Camera operator: Argyris Tsepelikas, Steadicam: Theodosis Tzavaras, Follow focus: Marios Pougkakiotis, Assistant director: Christos Karasavvidis,
Subtitling: Catherine Velissaratou, Editor: Kostas Koufiopoulos,
Written and Directed by Nicolas Androulakis
Among the speakers at the demonstration will be Ms Ingeborg Beugel, former Dutch media correspondent in Greece. And Myrthe Hilkens, feminist and ex-MP for the Dutch social democratic PvdA party (junior partner of the conservative VVD party in the Dutch coalition government; the PvdA is the party of pro-austerity Dutch minister Dijsselbloem). Ms Hilkens in 2013 quit as an MP because the PvdA leaders moved further and further to the Blairite right.
This referendum is a fight between the Greeks and Europe’s cruel capitalism. Aditya Chakrabortty. On Sunday the people of Greece can hit back at the eurozone’s busted economic system that is slowly strangling them. Their battle is ours too: here.
This video from the Netherlands says about itself:
What kind of world do we want? Manolis Glezos speech Amsterdam
This is another video about the 21 June Amsterdam solidarity with the people of Greece demonstration.
This video from Germany says about itself:
Pro-Greece rally in Berlin demands solidarity with Athens
15 March 2015
“It is about giving Greece a chance, giving the new government a chance, without Europe putting further pressure onto this country, which increases the suffering of the (Greek) people, a suffering that was created from the outside and not from the country’s own internal politics,” explained Berlin resident and pro-Greece demonstrator, Guenther Triebe.
On the same day as the demonstration in Brussels, Belgium, there will be a solidarity demonstration with the people of Greece in Amsterdam, the Netherlands as well.
So, on Sunday 21 June, at 2pm, on Dam square in Amsterdam.
NO to the austerity agreement!
NO to the blackmailing negotiations imposed by the EU institutions!
During the last few days there are several rounds of negotiations between the Greek government and the Eurogroup in order for a mutual agreement to be reached. However, this agreement is not a fair negotiation between equal partners but it is just the outcome of a tremendous blackmailing procedure by ignoring the election mandate in Greece and violating democracy.
Over the last five years the Greek people have been tolerating harsh austerity imposed by the Troika (ECB, IMF, EU). The previous Greek governments (both conservative and social democratic) have accepted without any resistance this austerity program which led to immense poverty and proved also ineffective.
The overall unemployment is at this moment 26% and 51% for the young people while millions of citizens have no access to health services. The Greek economy is destroyed and the GDP keeps decreasing. The mainstream media have been trying to conceal the fact that 92% of the bailout program was directed to French and German banks. In 2012 the PSI agreement converted private debt into public debt which was later passed on to the European taxpayers only to rescue the European banks for the second time and leaving people to their fate.
Now the EU institutions are demanding even harsher austerity measures and resumption of the neoliberal bailout program. They use blackmail and Grexit threats in order to intimidate the Greek government. The Greek government on the other hand, despite its initial positive reforms such as the humanitarian act, protection from evictions and the reinstitution of the public TV, has eventually conceded to the repayment of the whole debt, the privatizations and the increase of VAT. This was a major setback from its pre-electoral promises. Even money from budgets of local authorities was used in order for debt installments to be paid. And now the Eurogroup is asking further increase of the VAT, cutbacks on the pensions, implementation of the privatization scheme and the abolishment of the collective working agreements. The EU leaders ignore the dramatic need for humanitarian aid and they are trampling democratic procedures right in the cradle of democracy.
There is no space for further austerity in Greece anymore. European solidarity against austerity and depression is now needed more than ever before.
We invite you to join our protest on 21st June, at 14.00 at Dam Square in solidarity with the people in Greece, against the blackmail of the European and international institutions.
Say NO to austerity and YES to the people!
Manolis Glezos, ex-fighter in the Greek resistance against the nazi occupation during World War II, and now SYRIZA MP in the European Parliament, will be one of the speakers at the Amsterdam demonstration.
On Tuesday 23 June, 6:30pm, on Trafalgar Square in London, England, there will be a solidarity demonstration with Greece as well.
It will be called De Wilde Stad (The Wild City). Its subject is wildlife in Amsterdam, capital city in the Netherlands.
The intention is to have five animals as main characters. It is not yet sure which five species they will be. Provisionally, the filmmakers think about a coot, a grey heron, a brown rat, and a red fox.
Filming will start next month. The plans are for the movie to be in the cinemas before the end of 1916.