Anti-austerity protests were held in the capital's Syntagma Square and in several other cities in Greece, organized by the Direct Democracy Now! group, known as the Indignant Citizens Movement. Greece. 7th June 2011
Anti-austerity protests in Athens and in several other cities in Greece, organized by the Direct Democracy Now! movement, known as the Indignant Citizens Movement.
Syntagma Square area in the center of the Greek capital used to be a place for shopping, is playing host to thousands of angry demonstrators since May 25.
The EU’s plan for Greece guts Greek society, but sets up the same crisis to happen again.
The problem is one of irrational economic policy. “The projections show that if their program “works,” the country’s debt will rise from 115 percent of GDP today to 149 percent in 2013. This means that in less than three years, and most likely sooner, Greece will be facing the same crisis that it faces today.”
Stella Stamou, a civil servant after participating in one of the biggest ever rallies to rock the capital since the return of democracy in 1974. “Angry with our own politicians, angry with the IMF, angry with the EU, angry that we have lost income, angry that we have never been told the truth.”
On 29 June 2011, amid violent protests, the second austerity package was passed with 155 votes in favor in the 300-seat parliament.