Sunday, October 30, 2011

Ordinary people pushed to extremes






With tear-gas and smoke filling the air, people running in all directions, and with rocks flying everywhere, Athens was chaos.

The European country used to be better known by many for its hospitable people, beautiful islands and delicious tzatziki.

And yet it was here that we saw someone dragged off by ten or fifteen men and kicked and beaten, where we saw people screaming at riot police and riot police chasing them down like animals. Where a man died reportedly after a heart attack at the hospital where he was taken after attending the protests.

With tear-gas and smoke filling the air, people running in all directions, and with rocks flying everywhere, Athens was chaos

It was incredible that there weren’t more injuries. When the protesters were fighting against one another there were so many people totally unprotected as huge chunks of rock and fireworks were being flung left right and center.

Watching people attack one another in that manner is sickening.

And it makes you instantly wonder just what it takes for people to get to that point.

Because these people aren’t just the anarchists (although they certainly contribute to a large part of the violence and often spark it in the first place), many of these are normal everyday ordinary people.

The people who turned out over the 48-hour strike were schoolchildren worried about their future, workers angry at wage cuts, people who simply couldn’t manage anymore, with all the measures that have been put in place to meet the troika criteria.

The divergence in the country between what’s being decided in the parliament, what the government are saying, what the eurozone leaders are doing and what the people want is immense.

And it’s getting bigger all the time. more