December 10, 2008

MOMMIE, DEAREST:

Greece in Flames, Again (Maria Margaronis, December 9, 2008, The Nation)

Even Athenians are amazed at the intensity of this week's violence. The riots began with bands of anarchists but were soon joined by many who had never taken to the streets. No one imagined there would be so many hooded men bent on destruction, high on the crackle of flames and the sound of shattering glass. But no one seems surprised at New Democracy's failure to contain the rioting; everyone feels something of the protesters' rage. It is the blind rage of people who feel betrayed by those who were meant to care for them, who can see no road ahead.

Having infantilized your nation the people behave like spoiled brats. Shocking.


MORE:
Addicted to Violence in Athens: The police in Athens said they wanted de-escalation. Instead, following the Tuesday funeral for 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos, riots once again consumed the center of the Greek capital. Neither the police nor the anarchists seem interested in restoring calm. (Jörg Diehl, 12/1`0/08, Der Spiegel)

The rocks are lying everywhere in the streets. Thousands and thousands of them. Iron rods are also littered about, as are makeshift wooden clubs and spent cartridges. The sharp stench of teargas floats through the air, mixed with the acrid odor of melted plastic. Flames shoot out of trash bins; a Japanese compact lies on its side. And from behind the fence surrounding the Athens Polytechnic, black clad rioters are chanting as loud as they can:

"Pigs! Swine! Murderers!"

"Pigs! Swine! Murderers!"

Facing them, around 10 or 20 meters away, is a unit of riot police, armed with truncheons and armored with shields and white helmets. Earlier, the police had spoken of following a strategy of de-escalation -- but by late Tuesday night, that, apparently, had been discarded. "Come on out you cowards! Come out and get us," yells the police commander. He bends down to grab a rock and hurls it at the demonstrators. His men do the same. It's a revolt in reverse.


Hey, Nixonland!

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