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Αλληλεγγύης

Posted 2 years ago on Oct. 5, 2011, 5:14 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

Today in Greece thousands took the streets in general strike, fighting the same anti-democratic program of social cuts and bankster bailouts that we are fighting on Wall Street. Today, people power shut Greece down.

Occupy Wall Street stands in solidarity with the people of Greece, and we are inspired by their bravery and resilience. We pledge friendship and mutual support with all people across the world fighting for democracy and economic justice. In a global economy, the struggle of the 99% is necessarily a global struggle.

Together, we are changing the world.

Αλληλεγγύης (Solidarity)


Σήμερα στην Ελλάδα, χιλιάδες πήραν τους δρόμους σε μια γενική απεργία, πολεμόντας το ίδιο αντι-δημοκρατικό πρόγραμμα των κοινωνικών περικοπών και διάσωσης τραπεζίτολαμόγιων που πολεμάμε στην Wall Street. Σήμερα ο λαός διακόπτει όλη την Ελλάδα.

Η κίνηση Κατάληψη της Wall Street (Occupy Wall Street) στέκεται σε αλληλεγγύη με τον λαό της Ελλάδας, και είμαστε όλοι εμπνευσμένοι απο το θάρρος και την ανθεκτικότητά τους. Δεσμευόμασε την φιλία μας και την κοινή υποστήριξη με όλους τους ανθρώπους σε όλο τον κόσμο που πολεμάνε για δημοκρατία και οικονομική δικαιοσύνη. Σε μια παγκόσμια οικονομία, η πάλη των 99% είναι αναγκαστικά μια παγκόσμια πάλη.

Αλληλεγγύης

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[-] 4 points by Vicewatch (43) 2 years ago

In case you didn't see--Occupy Wall St's approval rating tops Congress'--actually it's double that of Congress!

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/10/05/141089001/occupy-wall-street-gets-union-backing-approval-rating-tops-congress

[-] 4 points by Flsupport (578) 2 years ago

With a common enemy. Check the invovement of Goldman in Greece. They hold a huge chunk of Greek debt

[-] 2 points by Dublin99 (65) 2 years ago

Same with Ireland. They advised our Government on the bank bailouts.

Disgrace. Shame on you Goldman Sachs. Shame on you Mr Sutherland, an Irishman who sold out his own country to the fake money makers. Shame on you, you traitor.

[-] 1 points by principlesovermoney (6) from Carmichael, CA 2 years ago

youtube zeitgeist: addendum for everyone to see. It will explain much of why this is happening in our lives and in the lives of people around the world.

[-] 1 points by NinetyNine (24) from Tampa, FL 2 years ago

We should hold the politicians accountable. They have been buying personal power by paying off Wall Street & Banks. Change comes in a Democracy by electing politicians that put their country first and not themselves first. Capitalism provided me with this computer, to communicate without the filter of the government or the elite’s control. It allows me to speak out against political corruption. We need to protest the Politicians that wrote the checks out of our accounts. Not just the people that received the checks. We need to let Washington know it is not ok to write checks out of our accounts. Join us on a march on Washington and the Whitehouse. Let’s show the crooked Politicians how a Democracy works. Politicians are the only electable leaders of this country. Lets remove the bad apples November 2012.

[-] 1 points by Truthseeker (1) 2 years ago

Take a look at "Debtocracy " (documentary with English, French, Spanish subtitles) a documenatary with interesting facts and perspectives on why Greece finds itself in today's state, reference to odious debt incurred by corrupt poloticians, Goldman Sachs, IMF....and Ecuador as an example of country that elected a politician who put his country and its people first.

[-] 1 points by principlesovermoney (6) from Carmichael, CA 2 years ago

youtube zeitgeist: addendum for everyone to see. It will explain much of why this is happening in our lives and in the lives of people around the world.

[-] 1 points by Flsupport (578) 2 years ago

As opposed to the people who really control things that we have no election power over. I would agree to get rid of the bad apples but the barrel is rotten all through. I know you think you are battling anti capitalists but the truth is you are battling limited capitalists, and there is quite a difference. Also, you have the check writing wrong. It is the other way around.

[-] 1 points by NinetyNine (24) from Tampa, FL 2 years ago

It wasn't the Banks or Wall Street writing the checks. It was the politicians and there Multi-Trillion dollar fake stimulus pkg’s and the Politicians Stimulus programs printing more money in QE1, QE2 and QE3. And I wouldn't throughout the baby with the bath water. We just need some ethical politicians that believe stealing from the public is wrong. It doesn't matter Republican or Democrat. Get rid of them, if they voted on writing the checks to the special interest, Banks or Wall Street. It is that easy. People need to protest in Washington.

[-] 1 points by Flsupport (578) 2 years ago

I think I will agree with you, at least I agree to the extent that the stimulus did not represent the needs of the people as fully as it should have. There were protests outside the White House, so they are going on all over. But I dont think Wall Street should be off the hook here.

[-] 1 points by occupystrikeresist (57) 2 years ago

can folks provide links about this? I heard they had a bunch of Greek bonds, but I also heard something about them having CDS deals on a bunch of it, so they will actually get paid in full if Greece defaults, whereas if Greece is able to re-negotiate and pay, say 80% back, Goldman actually makes less money. So they are pushing against a work-out deal and for Greek default, to make a profit. Any info?

[-] 2 points by HankRearden (476) 2 years ago

For anybody that doesn't know, CDS means "insurance policy against failure, but without enough money to cover the cost if the failure actually happens".

Just in case anyone was wondering.

[-] 1 points by zarni (3) 2 years ago

you think the AIGs of the world will cover those? remember what happened when real estate crashed?

[-] 1 points by tsdevi (307) 2 years ago

LQQK up IMF + Goldman Sachs + Greece...

[-] 2 points by occupystrikeresist (57) 2 years ago

GRASSROOTS REPORTS from Greece: http://www.occupiedlondon.org/blog/ occupied: hundreds of high schools, univiersities, and government departments. people turning electric back on for neighbors when govt. turns it off, etc...

[-] 1 points by Vicewatch (43) 2 years ago

Reggie Middleton had something on this in Zero Hedge:

http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/hunting-squid-part2-when-enough-derivative-exposure-blow-world-something-be-ignored

He focuses on the Euro bank crisis as a whole, but his stuff on Goldman is pretty scary sounding:

"As we sit at the precipice of devastating European banking failure, upon which Goldman is heavily levered into through excessive French exposure ...I feel many of you should take heed when I say this bank's risk is woefully underappreciated. ...in absolute terms [of derivatives risk exposure], JPM leads this list with total notional value of derivative contracts at $78 trillion, or 1.3x times the world's GDP. However, in relative terms, Goldman Sachs leads the list with total value of notional derivatives at 537 times its total assets compared with 44x for JPM, 46x for Citi and 23x for US Banks (average)."

[-] 1 points by littleg (452) 2 years ago

Everybody knows any country bailout means it's actually the bailout of that country's bond holders. In this case it might be Goldman Sachs or other major US banks. So obviously Tim Geithner was very concerned that EU is not giving Greece a bailout package.

The bond holders should incur losses, otherwise they will keep lending money without caring for downside risk.

[-] 1 points by orionstarman (123) from Kingsville, MD 2 years ago

Let the bond holders take a haircut. Greece should default on all it's debt and pullout of the EU.

[-] 1 points by occupystrikeresist (57) 2 years ago

but if they have CDS contracts insuring against losses in case of default, they don't care about downside risk, and if it looks like they might have to take a haircut, they'd prefer default. see what i'm saying?

[-] 2 points by HankRearden (476) 2 years ago

Except the sellers of the CDS's don't have the money to pay off. That's why they call it 'systemic risk'.

[-] 1 points by Flsupport (578) 2 years ago

Well I am sure CDS had something to do with it but what they did was buy enough Greek debt to get Greece into the EU. So now that Greece owes Goldman is doing what it always does: Acting like they have nothing to do with the problem.

[-] 1 points by occupystrikeresist (57) 2 years ago

but are they acting like that because they don't care about some type of default-stopping work-out because all their bonds are insured with bullshit CDSs?

[-] 1 points by Flsupport (578) 2 years ago

Probably....they certainly dont claim any responsibility but remember the CDS and hedge stuff is really not public record so it is impossible to know what they really bet against.

[-] 1 points by occupystrikeresist (57) 2 years ago

well, it makes sense to me that it they were helping greece hide their debt figures, they'd know that eventually the shoe was going to drop and greece would be thrown into a crisis. perfect reason to bet against them and then just sit back and wait for the default. it's just a theory, but i thought i read something about this somewhere, which is why i was asking..... thanks for your responses, BTW.

[-] 2 points by OiudeisNemo (2) 2 years ago

Greetings to you, brothers across the Atlantic Ocean. From Italy we want you be on our side against those social parasites who have been plundering our life and our future since Wall Street foundation. Like aristocrats and priests before French Revolution, we now have got a lot of financial men and politicians who are taking the bread off our mouth and starving our children, presenting us only a factory of hot air. We all must be more and more united by far fighting those insatiable locusts. In Italy, some angry people wish to attack with dynamite Parliament and go on the rubble with bulldozers and hang the politicians like happened to Mussolini in 1945, in Milan at Loreto Square. If our politicians keep on not caring people will, there's a strong risk that extremists will prevail over, like in Grece, during last mounths. We are fed up of paying taxes to maintain in comfort banks and politics instead of having schools, roads, hospitals, bridges. Banks play "Monopoly Game" on a global scale with our money and do not realize this to everyone at all. And in U.S. banks are behaving even worse ! They've made you loose your house, money, job, future, dignity. Their foolish behaviour provides infinite growth in a finite system: in our planet, consumers and resources are finite in number: only our poverty is likely to become infinite. Thank you very much Mr. Reagan (God rest his soul), Mr. Bush (father and son, the second one worse than the first one), Mr. Obama (ineffectual wimp), all of them accomplices one another and on payroll of the happy few (Rockfeller, Rotschild, soros and so on). Thanks to them, "American dream" has become "American nightmare" and thanks to their jumble of ramblings, the whole world is a poor men's deluge. "Deregulation", "Globalization" these words have destroyed our happiness.

[-] 1 points by TTTTT (66) 2 years ago

Yes the wealthy have been working on this for decades, they finally feel like they are ready to make their move of global control. They are attempting a coup with money as the force. They have bought governments and the media, they have their minions throughout the media trying to push their agenda and dismantle anybody against them as you can see by some of the posters even on here. The general wants and attitude of the majority of Americans is not what our corporate owned media portrays it to be, the majority of what the main stream media pushes, cnn, fox, pbs, is nothing but the wealthy's propaganda. Their biggest fear is that the people unite, it is why they continually strive to keep the people divided as is so obvious in the American political system. The feelings of the people in Italy are shared by many here in America too, it is high time we united and stop the dark forces of the powers that be.

[-] 2 points by nadia (2) 2 years ago

When Injustice becomes Law resistance becomes Duty - Thomas Jefferson Please watch this video by Real Democracy GR | MultiMedia Team. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE3R1BQrYCw&feature=player_embedded#!

[-] 2 points by perkool (5) from Athens, Attica 2 years ago

Greetings from Greece! Unity and universal solidarity.
2 very nice videos from this summer in Greece http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aE3R1BQrYCw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yUMjuGMeWug
And a very nice sum of whats hapenining in Greece by the narrator of anonymous
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3yKOVBt5SU

[-] 2 points by Dimitry (10) 2 years ago

ΕΝΑΣ '' ΟΙΚΟΝΟΜΙΚΟΣ ΔΟΛΟΦΟΝΟΣ '' ΜΙΛΑΕΙ ΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΕΛΛΑΔΑ Confessions of an Economic Hitman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dtssX-5uoQ&feature=ρελατεδ

[-] 1 points by thegatekeeperbeta (25) from New York, NY 2 years ago

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[-] 1 points by Evritos (1) 2 years ago

Make no mistake, the austerity measures and privatization scams being implemented in Hellas and Europe are the same kinds of scams that are now being implemented here in the U.S. under different names and under different ideologies. As a participant from the occupation movement in Los Angeles, I stand in solidarity with the Hellenic people against the dismantling of their country by the international oligarchies who have no allegiances to nation or culture. Hellas is the birthplace of DEMOCRACIA and we must protect and restore that idea.

[-] 1 points by principlesovermoney (6) from Carmichael, CA 2 years ago

youtube zeitgeist: addendum for everyone to see. It will explain much of why this is happening in our lives and in the lives of people around the world.

[-] 1 points by principlesovermoney (6) from Carmichael, CA 2 years ago

youtube zeitgeist: addendum for everyone to see. It will explain much of why this is happening in our lives and in the lives of people around the world.

[-] 1 points by gregGR (5) 2 years ago

truth about Greece here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6NhzVf0mIM made my Syntagma Square occupation Multimedia Team. You can put it in the article. Keep protesting!! Our minds are with you!

[-] 1 points by gregGR (5) 2 years ago

They don't bail us out. They EU is bailing out it's banks not us. That's what they want you to believe. The money of the loan go directly to their banks. They just transport the dept from the banks to the taxpayers. We still have to pay everything with increasing interests. They are just exploiting us. Visit Greece and you will learn the thruth. We are not NYC. The don't use pepper spray, they hit us until we end up in the hospital with broken ribs. Things here are really bad.... Thank you for your solidarity. We will meet on 15/10!! Greeting from Athens. Greg. ps.drop the "ς" from "Αλληλεγγύης" (-:

[-] 1 points by zarni (3) 2 years ago

Greek government lied to the EU so they can get in on all the programs. Greece should not even be bailed out. Greece IS the equivalent of Goldman Sachs. They cooked the books! Sorry for the Greek people but they voted in that same government of crooks. Now they need to pay for it. They should get NO help from anybody.

[-] 1 points by abcd (3) 2 years ago

How could we lie to eu? do you think they did not know what situation they had created in Greece since 1980? omg..i see no difference in America...left or right is there also...republicans or democrats you vote there every time and you are sorry for us??? you should better be sorry that your ignorance bombed and killed millions around the world for a century now..oh...yes...i forget... the liberating and democratic America..omg wake up!!!---and how can you say that we have to pay it...to pay what? something that we as people of Greece did not create? wake up and watch less media please---and please tell my how exactly they bail as out???by putting us in more debt???--you have to understand that we the people of this world have to be one strong fist against our manipulators, which everywhere in the world are the same and controled by the same forces

[-] 1 points by TTTTT (66) 2 years ago

This same scene is playing out around the globe at the same time, it is pretty obvious this is an orchestrated "crisis". It's the real powers that be, names and faces we don't even know making a power play to turn the world into a plutocracy where governments only play the part of the intermediary between the ruling class and the 99 percent. The governments job will be just as we see them doing right now. to enforce the ruling classes decisions upon the rest of us, whether it be by persuasion, lies, or force.

[-] 1 points by rarara (27) 2 years ago

This pamphlet might be of interest: «Sell your islands, you bankrupt Greeks» 20 popular fallacies concerning the debt crisis http://www.rosalux.de/publication/37664/sell-your-islands-you-bankrupt-greeks.html

[-] 1 points by gobemedia (2) 2 years ago

You should add this to the demands: 1, Prosecute banksters for crimes against humanity because they had caused endless pain and many millions had died due to their greed. 2, Transform banking services in interest free public service.

[-] 1 points by orionstarman (123) from Kingsville, MD 2 years ago

After years of socialism in Greece the country is now broke and has to cut back. the people in Greece are protesting because the government is trying to cut back on some of their "free" stuff. The Greek government should default on the loans, let the banks go under and pull out of the EU all together. Things would be tough for a while but in the long run they would be much better off.

[-] 1 points by Dimitry (10) 2 years ago

The crisis in Greece triggered by the global financial system. The growing debt of Greece profitable Wall Street. Their interest - the privatization of Greece.

[-] 1 points by Dimitry (10) 2 years ago

Dear friends! I'm happy for you. 1% owns nearly everything. Oligarchs Wall Street makes money on wars and poverty. U.S. debt - 14.6 trillion, the largest in the world. Oligarchs print more and more dollars without any control.

Here's the video from which I was shocked.

Fed Inspector general Claims does not knov - where Trillions Went http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAMAF4Cfrps&feature=related

And this video tells, where dollars go: John Perkins / Confessions of an Economic Hitman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pA5bwYWvGtc&feature=related

John Perkins speaks at University of San Francsico http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHpv-p23aOI&feature=related

Need a different financial system! Solve these problems and do not let blood! God bless you!

[-] 1 points by AaronW (12) 2 years ago

I am not in favor of the IMF or the World Bank but unions, greek and american, are entrenched interests that actively barricade the change that is needed.The teacher's union has ruined the education system in this country by defending bad teachers. You can spend 20 years pushing buttons in an MTA elevator, earning more than most people, and retire at 45 with a full pension. Unions are the problem, not the solution, here as in Greece. I was so excited but if this direction remains unchanged, it will be clear that unthinking partisans are running this movement (and certainly this webpage) and you can count me out.

[-] 1 points by occupystrikeresist (57) 2 years ago

unions are NOT the problem. you are a fascist.

[-] 1 points by orionstarman (123) from Kingsville, MD 2 years ago

If you can't argue the facts you have lost argument. Ad hominem attacks help no one.

[-] 1 points by AaronW (12) 2 years ago

Please explain. I would very much like to hear the evidence behind your assertion.

[-] 2 points by Flsupport (578) 2 years ago

You are not a facist but you are mistaken. The first thing is that unions have never been weaker but amazingly, the 1% have never been stronger. Do you think this is a coincidence? All the stories you hear about unions are being put out there, quite often, by the 1%. There are some things wrong with unions but mostly that has to do with being in bed with business leaders and leaving their original purpose. But opposing unions leaves the people disorganized and powerless.

[-] 1 points by AaronW (12) 2 years ago

Flsupport, I appreciate your candor. I can only speak from my own personal experience. As a young person looking for a job, the union in my trade was a barrier to me, not an assistant. The established workers were protected and the young were left to fend for themselves amidst a work environment where most employers were 'union only.' This is not propaganda, it is my own personal experience. To be absolutely clear, I was a lighting designer unable to find work because IATSE controlled many of the venues. Also, they would not accept me as a lighting designer, though I had worked for a few years with a band. I was allowed only to be a stage hand as I watched for less capable guys ruin shows for the audience that I could have made stellar. The entire organization was adamantly against change. As such, I can clearly see how the many workers in this country, who have been in a particular trade for a while, are protected by unions. But I just don't see it for the young people in the park trying to change the way things are done. That's why I'm confused.

[-] 1 points by Flsupport (578) 2 years ago

Well, I can only say a couple of things. First, so you dont think that I am some union organizer, I am not. I have worked both ways and I can tell you that unless you are a professional (lawyer, doctor etc.) you are far more likely to not only be paid better but recieve better treatment when you are in a union. The simple reason is that you are under legal contract. Now if you individually signed a contract, you would have similar legal protection but your average WalMart guy has none of this (and God knows the people in China have even less). What I say is that it would be nice to work on union reform right now for situations like your own but the problem is this plays into the hands of the corporate elites. They have no desire to see a strong union prescense in this country because the profit margins drop when the union membership rises. Everyone says that teachers or police or firefighters are just whiney and spoiled because of their unions but I have watched as people who support Wall Street have taken away, not only their right to collectively bargain but after that, health benefits and pensions. And it isn't usually lack of money but rather lack of will that causes that. In any case, if the unions stayed strong, these people would not have to worry about that. Keep in mind that there are many reasons to be a teacher but salary really isnt one. And I would like to keep well qualified people in teaching positions.

[-] 0 points by orionstarman (123) from Kingsville, MD 2 years ago

"Unions are the problem"

Unions are only part of the problem.

[-] 1 points by occupystrikeresist (57) 2 years ago

in the black neighborhoods in my city, the Black Panthers are revered!

[-] 1 points by Flsupport (578) 2 years ago

If they begin to see you as dangerous because you are violent, you have lost. If they begin to see you as dangerous because you refuse to be violent, you have won. And history will remember you.

[-] 1 points by HELP (10) 2 years ago

Long live the revolution!

[-] 1 points by MiMi1026 (937) from Springfield, VA 2 years ago

Dont Give Up the FIGHT People! SOLIDARITY AT FREEDOM PLAZA Thursday Oct 6,2011! Be THERE!

[-] 1 points by pariscommune (205) 2 years ago

Picture of the day: Riot policeman punches photoreporter Tatiana Bolari on general strike day in Greece.

http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Behrakis.jpg

[-] 1 points by noahtron (48) from Montreal, QC 2 years ago

WHOA.

[-] 1 points by AnonymousUScitizen (59) from Dillon, Mt 2 years ago

Please Consider this Economic Proposal designed to restore Democracy and Economic Justice: http://tinyurl.com/3o4jz7c

[-] 0 points by reaganite (100) 2 years ago

Iran now stands in Solidarity too...you guys are drawing the most interesting allies... http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9Q914SG3&show_article=1

[-] 0 points by Blueskies (49) 2 years ago

Thanks, but no thanks, to: Greece, the unions, communism, socialism, both parties, and especially Obama. Don't like what you're selling, go somewhere else!

[-] 0 points by chigrl (94) 2 years ago

Greece is a totally different situation. The IMF et al. is bailing out Greece, not Greece bailing out it's banks. The people of Greece don't seem to understand that unless Greece's government makes cuts and restructures they won't have any jobs at all. And these guys have been protesting long before anyone even though about Occupy Wall Street. You had nothing to do with it. Please stop likening yourselves to countries that are actually in turmoil. Appreciate how lucky you are.

[-] 4 points by occupystrikeresist (57) 2 years ago

that's total bullshit. you seem to be the one who isn't following things in the long term. when the IMF demands austerity packages and structural adjustment programs it destroys the wealth of a country's people, and they ONLY demand these things to countries they are NOT trying to save, when they are trying to save the foreign investors is when they advocate those policies. They never advocate them for the US or UK. The crisis is Greece was MANUFACTURED by a global banking system (including IMF) that extracts wealth from less powerful countries. Latin America has already figured out not to listen to the IMF's bullshit. Greece will learn, too.

[-] 1 points by HankRearden (476) 2 years ago

"Bond" is the root word of "bondage".

Nuff said.

If they'd stuck to their own currency, they might have problems, but not like this. If they'd stuck to gold and silver they never would have been able to spend like that.

[-] 0 points by zarni (3) 2 years ago

that is total BS. Greece has defaulted 200 times in the last 150 years and is also the first country in recorded history to default. Nothing new. Greeks are just lazy and expect handouts that's all.

[-] 2 points by abcd (3) 2 years ago

I see the media in America are doing great their job...Are you serious? Greeks are lazy? That was the problem??? Look i am greek and that is really unacceptable---you have the support from us, but,what i read here really makes me angry, most of the greeks work 10-12 hours a day, without even taking their overtimes, even if the max is 48 hours per week, and we are lazy??? come on dont say such things please...think first...all the world has the same problems, we have to understand that the same people manipulate all the world

[-] 1 points by gregGR (5) 2 years ago

2 times actually not 200!! 1897 and 1932. Hi from Greece! And we are not lazy! See here: http://blogs.wsj.com/brussels/2011/02/14/busting-north-south-stereotypes/

[-] 2 points by mrK (2) 2 years ago

@chigrl "How lucky you are!!???" I think you don't know what you are talking about! You are describing Greece's problems in terms of popular media propaganda and an overall scenario as if economics had nothing to do with politics. You should trust me when I say other than sovereign dept people are protesting for the same reasons. An economic elit coluding with politician and using mass media to convince the public that their misery is the only way. If I were to interpret your movement from the eyes of the Economist then you are all lazy losers that want free money!!

[-] 1 points by anonymouse (154) 2 years ago

Exactly. Greece has a sovereign debt crisis fueled by public over-spending, and the loose regulations of the Eurozone. OWS is about (as far as I can tell) political corruption & ethics-- Washington's cozy relationship with those at the "top 1%" and their over-influence on policy matters.

[-] 3 points by occupystrikeresist (57) 2 years ago

public over-spending? nope. fall in GDP from 2008 financial crisis made what was sustainable un-sustainable. that is not due to the "greed" of Greeks (who are less wealthy than most americans) but due to greed of a banking system with no fear of failure.

[-] 1 points by zarni (3) 2 years ago

er....they cooked the books for years and lied to the EU...hello? wake up....

[-] 1 points by gregGR (5) 2 years ago

we didn't cook anything. our politicans did. and lied to us too. If you think that way do you want us to say that "they (USA) did the Iraq war" ? But we know you didn't. The goverment did. And it's not about public spending. It's about stealing and droping our currency in favor of the big firms.

[-] 1 points by anonymouse (154) 2 years ago

Greece's debt per GDP was already over 100% by 2006. It's true that the 2008 crisis tipped the scales on countries with already dubious finances, but this Greek crisis was a long time coming. The global recession only hastened its arrival: http://media.economist.com/images/images-magazine/2011/06/25/fb/20110625_fbc087.gif

You can draw a few loose parallels between Greece and the US, but as far as connecting the protests? I don't know. I don't particularly want to be associated with Greece and their sovereign debt/Eurozone/austerity crisis. The OWS movement isn't going to gain much from that association.

[-] 1 points by orionstarman (123) from Kingsville, MD 2 years ago

Debt growing faster than GDP is not stable and Greece cooked the books to get into the EU so I would not put much faith in that chart.

[-] 1 points by anonymouse (154) 2 years ago

They've been cooking their books for years though in order to skirt EU debt laws. Besides, if all it takes is a recession (read: an inevitability) to trigger the sort of crisis that's rolling through Greece right now, then I wouldn't exactly call 100% debt-to-GDP a "stable" status quo, especially for a small country unable to absorb the fallout.

[-] 0 points by noahtron (48) from Montreal, QC 2 years ago

it seems to be a very different kind of protest in greece at the moment http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/05/world/europe/greece-protests/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

how can we convince them to change their tactics?

[-] 1 points by gregGR (5) 2 years ago

we did use the same tacticks for 2 months. violence was the goverment's choice. watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE3R1BQrYCw

[-] 1 points by hss (9) 2 years ago

why should we?

[-] 1 points by noahtron (48) from Montreal, QC 2 years ago

because we're not throwing molotov cocktails.

[-] 1 points by occupystrikeresist (57) 2 years ago

they've been fighting for years. what would you do? what WILL you do if nothing changes and wealth inequality allows the top 1% the power to control our government and undermine our "democracy"???

[-] 1 points by noahtron (48) from Montreal, QC 2 years ago

not give up and regress into violence.

[-] 0 points by occupystrikeresist (57) 2 years ago

i don't care whether you are violent or non-violent, as long as you DON'T GIVE UP fighting the top 1%.

[-] 1 points by noahtron (48) from Montreal, QC 2 years ago

i think we're just going to have to agree to disagree on this one.

[-] 1 points by hss (9) 2 years ago

we're not facing police repression like they are yet.

[-] 1 points by noahtron (48) from Montreal, QC 2 years ago

and if we were throwing molotov cocktails, you can be sure that we would be facing police repression. just think: if they occupy athens - the birthplace of democracy - how powerful a symbol would that be?

[-] 2 points by perkool (5) from Athens, Attica 2 years ago

We did mate! Syntagma (constitution) sq was occupied until the beginning of August! It was then dispersed around 7-8 of August at 5 in the morning. By that time there were very few people in Athens cause of summer. Here police violence is almost out of control. I cant stress enough the difference in the level of police brutality in Greece. Videos like this can be of help http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S20_JuaX8gg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5vYgF7oa60&feature=related

[-] 2 points by Flsupport (578) 2 years ago

Peaceful works the best. What the Greeks need to do is a general strike for more than one day. In addition, they just need to sit for long enough. I know that sounds funny but really either they will face what the Egyptians faced or they will win. No one in the EU is listening to them. There needs to be a broader movement and the people with money need to cover this problem because they helped create it.

[-] 0 points by occupystrikeresist (57) 2 years ago

they already had huge square occupations and the police tear gassed them and brutally kicked them out. what will you do when the NYPD does that to Liberty Plaza? Maybe the first few times you'll go back and peacefully re-occupy. But eventually you will have to defend your right to occupy space to organize dissent. wake up.

[-] 2 points by Flsupport (578) 2 years ago

No, it is the same thing 100 times. Check the independence movement in India and our own civil rights movement. They gas you and bring out the hoses and the dogs and you just go on marching. But not only that. You must also make the institutions they rely on hurt. Stop shopping at corporations you disagree with......Walmart has Chinese living in God awful conditions to produce inexpensive glassware, shoes and textiles, among other things. If you are supporting them when they do that, you are supporting corporate greed and maltreatment of workers.

[-] 1 points by noahtron (48) from Montreal, QC 2 years ago

your point is well taken - but i refuse to believe that violence is the solution to the problem here. that's an opinion so make of it what you will - but i think it's an important position.

[-] 1 points by occupystrikeresist (57) 2 years ago

i respect it. as long as those into non-violence respect that some people don't have the privilege or desire to practice it when they are getting their asses kicked by cops and the top 1%. it takes all of us!

[-] 0 points by agnosticnixie (17) from Laval, QC 2 years ago

You're in Montreal (I'm actually from Montreal, Laval is an error in google maps I didn't bother to correct) - how old were you at the time of the 2nd Summit of the Americas (the one in Québec). - I was a teen then and I was at the G20 protest a month before. The Montreal Police Service charged the crowd with horses. The SPVM is currently tracking down "suspected subversives" as though we were criminals.

Trust me it won't take molotovs before our police starts to hurt and kill people.

I respect a diversity of tactics: that means violence when needed and non-violence when needed. I refuse to lose solidarity for comrades because of suicidal non-violence. Gandhi was non-violent but without the violent uprising in the north of India, he would have been a footnote. MLK was non-violent but respected diversity of tactic - letter from Birmingham jail is a must read.

[-] 2 points by Flsupport (578) 2 years ago

No, Gandhi was succesful, as was MLK because they remained non violent despite other violence around them, despite the violence done to them. This movement should thank its lucky stars for the heavy handedness of the police.

[-] 0 points by agnosticnixie (17) from Laval, QC 2 years ago

Your understanding of history is horribly whitewashed.

[-] 1 points by Flsupport (578) 2 years ago

No, I think not. I won't debate it further other than to point you to other movements which were violent and came to nothing, or something worse than they started out as. The French Revolution, The Cuban Revolution, The Bolshevik Revolution along with many groups, like The Black Panthers, who were discredited by history. The best way is peace, boycotts and economic warfare. The pocketbook is often where the heart is.

[-] 1 points by occupystrikeresist (57) 2 years ago

the pocketbook as a weapon is the EXACT problem. it is how the rich get to decide what kind of world we live in. it's why 200 foot yachts get built for millionaires while people starve to death.

those of us with little money in our pocketbooks have to figure out a different way to have a voice. we are constrained by the institutions we live under, which is why my poor Mom shops at Wal-Mart. Your class privilege is blinding you to the fact that, for those of us who have little money, waging was with our pocketbook is completely ineffective and absurd.

look up "how non-violence protects the state"

[-] 1 points by occupystrikeresist (57) 2 years ago

um, what about the AMERICAN REVOLUTION? duh! General Washington didn't sit down in front of the British. They started by illegally destroying property (boston tea party) and then waging guerilla warfare. was that a failure?

[-] 1 points by pariscommune (205) 2 years ago

are you talking about the french revolution of 1848, the foundation of all modern states that have the premise freedom and equality? i dont know what you can call successfull if not the french revolution. and btw what was ghandi successfull at except making the ruling class indian? you think thats awesome?

[-] 0 points by Flsupport (578) 2 years ago

If I remember Gandhi did not care who the "ruling class" was. What happened was that factions began trying to one up each other, as we are doing here. As a result, it ended in disharmony.And you know which French Revolution I am talking about. It certainly was not 1848.

[-] 1 points by pariscommune (205) 2 years ago

uhm yeah 1789 which was the model for the 1848 ones. you cant call that one not successfull..

[-] 1 points by Flsupport (578) 2 years ago

Look, they cut off heads and established a dictator in place of a King. It was horrible! Napoleon was no Hitler but he was not a benevolent guy. So I stand by what I said which is not that it was not successful but that the end result was the same or worse than what was in place before it. 1848 bears no resemblence of 1789. Not even close. Even our revolutionaries could not stomach what happened in 1789.

[-] 0 points by agnosticnixie (17) from Laval, QC 2 years ago

So you won't debate me and to prove you're right you will affirm the consequent and proudly stand by your fallacy/ Awesome. I'm through.

The Black Panthers were very much not discredited by history. Only discredited by a bunch of middle class whites trying to pat themselves on the back as to how progressive they were to have paid attention to the nice blck preacher (so long as he wasn't saying scary shit about socialism or resistance, then it's completely forgotten).

Also

French Revolution - violence started as reaction against invasion by the entire fucking european continent, serfdom abolished, feudalism ended, even with the monarchy restored in 1815 tptb were very careful not to remove too much of its results. The 1848 revolution would also abolish slavery.

Cuban Revolution: While cuba is not a first world nation, and not especially democratic either, it's hard to argue that Cuba did not make quite a few social gains.

Bolshevik revolution - The violence started with the civil war, which the whites themselves started, taking advantage of the breakup of the congress of soviets between factions. I won't argue that the ultimate results of bolshevism were great from a human pov, not even Zizek would say that, but it still took Russia out of the middle ages. If anything, the civil war is what made the bolshevik takeover possible at all.

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[-] 2 points by Flsupport (578) 2 years ago

Ah me....I mean there is no point in debating it. Everyone is in this together until it breaks into violent or factional groups. Then the movement ends because its legitimacy ends.

[-] 0 points by agnosticnixie (17) from Laval, QC 2 years ago

So like the early american republic ;)

[-] 1 points by noahtron (48) from Montreal, QC 2 years ago

they were expecting violence - and they were right to do so. nobody expected this, and so it is imperative that we win on the terms we started out with.

[-] 0 points by agnosticnixie (17) from Laval, QC 2 years ago

If they're at the point of throwing molotov cocktails, it's because all else failed. The egyptians also threw molotovs.

[-] 1 points by noahtron (48) from Montreal, QC 2 years ago

does that make it right? and this is our revolution, not theirs - but if we pull it off nonviolently and effectively then it might become theirs.

[-] 0 points by agnosticnixie (17) from Laval, QC 2 years ago

TPTB won't just keel over and die.

[-] 0 points by noahtron (48) from Montreal, QC 2 years ago

violence cannot kill an idea. have a little faith :)

[-] 2 points by AN0NYM0US (640) 2 years ago

"Ideas are bulletproof" ;)

[-] -1 points by xposingfalsehoods (39) 2 years ago

we need to remember Democracy leads to socialism. we need to revive the republic, not a democracy.we dont want the mob rule mentality

[-] 2 points by Flsupport (578) 2 years ago

Democracy does not necessarily lead to socialism, but we already have a form of socialism. The difference is that it is benign...not totalitarian. No one wants mob rule. No one (well a few people but not many) wants Marxism. But people want fairness and those in power taunt us for that.

[-] 1 points by Dewey (19) 2 years ago

There has never been a true democratic state as well as a truly socialist state. What if we had a country (and a world) where the needs of all were meet and the resources shared among the population? Where ones brothers need were taken as a measure or ones own? That could have the elements socialism (mostly) with perhaps a part of capitalism. Competition creates a division among people. Greed has been taken to such an extreme in the global sense that is killing people everyday. To profit from someones poor health is evil. There will be a way out. The direct action we are taking necessary for the leaders to follow the people. --off topic-- ten just arrested here in Seattle this afternoon at Occupy Seattle.

[-] 0 points by Flsupport (578) 2 years ago

Correct. Capitalism is not the problem. Greed is the problem. Friendly competition, or competition that benefits the consumer is something we should all want. But competition that benefits only the entity is generally greedy, one sided competition that hurts everyone but the winner. Keep Seattle peaceful will you....for legitimacy keep it peaceful.

[-] 1 points by Dewey (19) 2 years ago

We hope to. I was at the occupation on Monday (in Seattle). There is a fringe element there that might be called agitators They are not going to back down. I'm trying to keep an open mind. One has to take the recent local history in context... there has been bad blood with the police. Quite a few beatings, one outrageous killing of an Native American (First Nation) and the police department is being investigated by the Feds. A challenge to keep cool heads perhaps.

[-] 1 points by marysarada (2) from Lumberton, NC 2 years ago

am just ecstatic debates like this are even occurring, I worked for Green Peace in the late 80's and I had hope of making a difference, but over many years of being a struggling artist/entrepreneur/mother and being bogged down by bills and taxes and the false dream of the middle class I gave up hope of people seeing the destructive nature of our system. Back then I would never shop at McDonalds or Walmart but in the past few years I have needed to survive, and have lived a hypocritical life so that my daughter could have what others had. Also if I had opened my mouth to my clients or my family about what my true political views and societal visions were then I would have been simply laughed at. Now I am out of work at 42 and live with my parents and am ready to start over where I left off. I have been so angry at you "millennials" since I lost my job because to one of your generation because of their disregard for my work experience and desire for my position and clients at the job from which I was laid off. But I am happy to say I am now proud, so proud, I feel that you are intelligent, fresh and entitled, and I am loving that about you! We the people deserve respect! But non-violence is the right way if we want this movement to have any staying power. Please for the sake of the older generations do not become violent. Of course some people will fight each other, It happened in India, it happened in the civil rights movement in this country. All we can do it try to stay calm. Stand firm and do not back down. We respect the great leaders and saints because they were non-violent, but it does not mean we will all be as disciplined as them. But put your best foot forward. Turn the other cheek as often as you can. Demand respect. Demand conversation. Do not give in to our animal nature. Remember we are all human. That is how we want to be treated, that is how we must treat others. Don't let the dream die this early. Hold your anger, let it simmer. Bring the power of your generations greater education and depth of understanding to this movement. Be brave. Be Strong. Keep Calm and Carry On. Inspire others to do the same. It's a new world vision, keep it fresh keep it pure. You have inspired me and the world. Please don't let us down.

[-] 1 points by occupystrikeresist (57) 2 years ago

totally, democracy is the tyranny of the majority. it allows thigns like slavery, jim crow, etc.. to exist. this is my favorite writing on the subject: http://thecloud.crimethinc.com/pdfs/democracy_reading.pdf

[-] 1 points by xposingfalsehoods (39) 2 years ago

thanks, i will read this today!!!