(greenleft.org.au) Tens of thousands of striking trade unionists and their allies flooded Syntagma Square outside parliament on June 15 to try to stop MPs from approving the latest bill imposing more cuts and privatisations, the MorningStarOnline.co.uk said the next day.
Prime Minister George Papandreou, seeking to defy the rising tide of protests, said he had initiated power-sharing talks in a bid to shore up his position. But the article said the talks quickly collapsed and two prominent MPs from Papandreou’s PASOK party resigned.
The new round of austerity is being pushed by the “troika” of the European Union, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank in return for their “bail-out” of Greece, amid market panic about a possible default on Greece’s debt.
Below, Panagiotis Sotiris, from the sociology department at the University of the Aegean, looks at the powerful movement that has arisen in opposition to the austerity being enforced on Greek people. It is abridged from the Greek Left Review. Read More