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PROTEST GREEK GOVERNMENT AT UNITED NATIONS
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On the occasion of Greek government junior leader Venizelos’
Speech to the United Nations General Assembly
5-7 pm Friday, Sept. 27 at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
East 47th Street and Second Avenue
Photo album of international protests
since the murder of Pavlos Fyssas
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Greece Solidarity in the News
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#OccupyERT – RECENT EVENTS IN GREECE
(6/27) In Athens last week, one of the junior partners in the Greek government, DIMAR (center-left, pro-austerity) quit the ruling coalition over the ERT issue. The New Democracy-led government under Prime Minister Samaras was reported to be on the brink of collapse. However, the remaining junior partner, PASOK, chose to stay in as the cabinet was reshuffled to advance loyal soldiers of the two austerity parties. The coalition retains a 3-vote majority in parliament.
The Finance Minister (ND) thereupon called for the studios of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) studios to be vacated. These have been occupied by employees since Wednesday June 12th, following the government’s surprise executive order to immediately shut down the public broadcaster. ERT studios and offices have been surrounded at times by tens of thousands of protesters under the banner of #OccupyERT.
ERT employees have continued producing news programs while members of the fired ERT orchestras have played open-air concerts for the protesters. A strike also temporarily shut down the private news broadcasters. Despite a Greek Supreme Court order for the government to allow ERT to continue broadcasting until the planned reorganization, ERT is only available online. However, ratings have shot through the roof as the network has for the first time turned to frank, unvarnished coverage of the nation’s crisis. (This week, ERT also broadcast the US-Greek historical documentary, “Greek American Radicals.”)
ERT employees have refused the vacate order and called on trade unions and everyone to join the manifestations and protect the studios. Trade union leaders are considering an open-ended general strike. ERT employees called on the diaspora for “Worldwide Solidarity with ERT” rallies.
The arrival of riot police to execute the vacate order is considered possible at any time. Scenes reminiscent of the recent weeks in Istanbul may follow.
Host Jerry Ashton interviews Nikos Levis on Greek crisis, #OccupyERT
and international solidarity activity for WGRNRadio’s “15 Minutes of Fact.”
(Solidarity Brazil, Turkey, and Greece)
Video by George Lyter taken at Zuccotti Park, June 23.
MORE PHOTOS FROM JUNE 23 AT ZUCCOTTI PARK:From Hurriyet photo gallery. Credit: AA Photo.
Note: The above is a compilation from many sources. No endorsements are implied.
Against Racism, Homophobia and Violence
NEW YORK CITY. In Solidarity with #ATHENSANTIFA19JAN. Saturday, January 19, 2013, 1pm, Greek Consulate, 69 East 79th Street in Manhattan.
In solidarity with the people of Greece and all the people of the world who fight for justice, liberty, equality and freedom from racial, sexual or other forms of discrimination we call for a rally at the Greek Consulate General in New York on Saturday January 19, 2013.
From New York City – one of the centers where the global financial crisis is orchestrated – we watch in dismay the unraveling of the social and political disaster in Greece and in Europe, in general. We daily become witnesses to the cruel economic policies and the systematic attacks against the weakest and most destitute groups of our societies. Immigrants, refugees who flee the US wars in Asia and minority groups, have been turned into scapegoats subject to racist public policies, police violence and assaults by the Neo-Nazi squads of Golden Dawn.
We condemn the Greek government and the EU for dotting the country with concentration camps. In language lifted straight from the Nazi lexicon – these so-called ‘closed-hospitality’ centers – house today an unknown number of people with little or no access to basic rights stipulated by international law. FRONTEX has turned the whole country into a concentration camp because the EU lacks the will to implement a responsible and humane immigration policy.
We condemn the police violence unleashed in every protest in the streets of Greece. The heavy use of chemicals, the arrests of civilians who resist the police brutality, the torturing of antifascist demonstrators, make it clear that any adherence to the basic principles and values of democracy has long been abandoned…
SEE EVENT PAGE AND PHOTO ALBUM BY MICKEY Z.
Report on the November 14, 2012
Solidarity Rally Against Austerity
By Aristeri Kinisi NY (Greek-American Left Movement)
[Archive. Originally published by Campaign for Peace and Democracy.]
More than 100 demonstrators showed their solidarity with the historic general strike across Southern Europe on Wednesday night in Manhattan near the United Nations. In Europe, hundreds of thousands of workers, pensioners and young people took to the streets in dozens of major cities to protest against EU-backed austerity measures. The event in New York started at 2 pm in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza with a press conference attended by mainstream and alternative, European, and Greek-American media. The protest was specifically aimed at the nearby Greek Mission to the United Nations.
A surprise appearance was made by Gregor Gysi, speaker of the left-wing party Die Linke in the German parliament, who was leading a delegation for the opening of the New York branch of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. Gysi delivered an impassioned defense of social justice against the human devastation caused by austerity.
A delegation headed by the event’s press liaison Nikos Levis, Costas Panayotakis and Frango Akrivos delivered the group’s statement to the deputy chief of the Greek Mission, meeting with him for almost an hour inside the Mission. The statement demanded respect for democratic rights and an end to the government’s tolerance for the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, and read in part:
From New York City – where the global financial crisis originated on Wall Street – we have watched with dismay as the austerity measures demanded by the European Union have created a social disaster in Greece and in many other nations hit by the global crisis. The recent award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the political authorities in the European Union makes a mockery of the conditions the EU has imposed on those hardest-hit by the crisis.
We have heard terrible stories of hardship and even hunger from friends and families in Greece, where unemployment for young workers now stands at 50 percent, and where often meager pensions are being cut to the level of starvation and social degradation.
An increasingly organized resistance to such EU-driven measures is being waged in all of the hardest-hit countries by workers, students and pensioners. On November 14, we shall show our solidarity with their struggles.
People from across the globe, as well as the Greek diaspora, have also watched with concern the neo-Nazi “Golden Dawn” profit from the huge social crisis by posing as an “anti-austerity” party – even as they scapegoat the most helpless, the immigrants and refugees in Greece-many of them victims of the US wars and economic crises in Asia. We have seen the Greek government fail to prosecute public and even fatal acts of violence by “Golden Dawn” members against immigrants and Greeks alike and attack basic democratic freedoms.
We have seen the Greek government itself employ brutal state violence and even torture against protesters and activists and the massive use of tear gas, and violence to attack peaceful demonstrations.
We call upon the Greek government to end immediately and to investigate and prosecute all acts of torture committed by Greek authorities; to end police protection of “Golden Dawn” and to prosecute all known acts of violence by “Golden Dawn” members; and to stop implementing the austerity package that is literally starving our people;
We call upon the European Union to suspend the forced austerity regime that has brought such hardship; to allow a full audit of the Greek (and Portuguese and Spanish) debt, and to cancel all debt payments. We call for a Europe that serves the interests of working people not the banks and the stock exchanges;
We call for an international committee of investigation of torture of protesters by the Greek police as well as its tolerance and protection of “Golden Dawn”;
We call upon the people of Europe to work toward a comprehensive immigration policy for Europe and to stop making Greece responsible for the hundreds of thousands of refugees coming from countries plunged into misery by war and by the same kind of neoliberal austerity policies that are ruining Greece today. The Dublin Regulation needs to be changed; the Regulation decrees that the European country that a person first arrived in is responsible for dealing with their application for asylum. This puts excessive pressure on border areas, where states are often least able to offer asylum seekers support and protection.
Europe as a whole, including its wealthier countries, needs to provide refuge for people fleeing oppression and economic catastrophe. Moreover, Europe as a whole, along with the U.S. needs to end its failed neoliberal policies at home and abroad.
Finally, we call upon the Greek, American and international media to investigate and report on the true origins of the debt and of the crisis in Greece and internationally; and to widely expose allegations of state-sponsored torture of prisoners and Greek government protection of “Golden Dawn.”
Successful Meeting Against ‘Golden Dawn’
By Aristeri Kinisi NY
A crowd of over 220 people met at the Church of the Redeemer in Astoria, NY to express their opposition to the recent appearance of the neo-Nazi ‘Golden Dawn’ in New York City. The event, which took place in October 9, 2012, was organized by Occupy Astoria/LIC, NY Aristeri Kinisi (Left Movement), Strike Debt, Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination, and the socialist newspaper Justice, among others. The meeting opened with presentations by the moderators of the event, Nicholas Levis (see statement) and Marina Sitrin, who explained people’s outrage and the need to organize against fascism.
A panel of speakers, Costas Panayotakis, Neni Panourgia, Despina Lalaki and Alan Akrivos, covered a number of issues including the relationship between the Greek economic crisis and the rise of ‘Golden Dawn’, the close ties between ‘Golden Dawn’ and the Greek police, the affinity of ‘Golden Dawn’ to the Neo-Nazi ideology, the rise of fascism as a byproduct of the crisis of capitalism, the real problem of immigration and social degradation in Greece as a result of the economic crisis, the rising tide of working class resistance in Greece and internationally and the need for a working class alternative to neoliberalism and capitalism. The speakers emphasized the need to organize here in New York in order to prevent ‘Golden Dawn’ from gaining influence in the Greek American community by posing as a philanthropic organization working in support of those most vulnerable to the crisis in Greece… (continued)
Video: Louis Proyect
March in Solidarity with the People of Greece
For Democracy and Independence from Debt Bondage
Every year, Greeks, Greek-Americans and Philhellenes in New York hold one of the city’s biggest parades on Fifth Avenue, commemorating the Greek struggle for national independence.
In 2012 the message of independence has a renewed urgency and a changed meaning as the people of Greece fight against the policies of austerity and social degradation imposed by the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund (EU, ECB, IMF) in collaboration with a non-elected Greek government.
Today, the people of Greece are suffering the devastating effects of an unjust debt. People are losing their jobs, their homes, their livelihood. Homelessness, hunger and desperation demoralize Greek society daily. The measures that so violently and with such urgency are imposed do not aim at social, political or economic reform, to advance progress or development. The goal is a regime of permanent control first on the Greek government and subsequently on any sovereign national government of Europe. The governments both of Italy and Greece are currently ruled by technocrats serving Troika’s and Wall Street’s financial interests while they have received no popular mandate.
Για ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ και ΑΝΕΞΑΡΤΗΣΙΑ
απο τα ΔΕΣΜΑ του ΧΡΕΟΥΣ
@ Ελληνική Παρέλαση Εθνικής Ανεξαρτησίας
Κυριακή 25 Μαρτίου 2012, 2μμ
66 Δρόμους και Madison
Η τελευταία ομάδα στην Παρέλαση.
ΦΟΤΟΓΡΑΦΙΕΣ ΑΠΟ ΤΗΝ “ΑΛΛΗ ΠΑΡΕΛΑΣΗ ΣΤΗ 5η ΛΕΩΦΟΡΟ”
Κάθε χρόνο, Έλληνες, Ελληνο-Αμερικανοί και Φιλέλληνες στην Νέα Υόρκη πραγματοποιούν μια απο τις μεγαλύτερες παρελάσεις στην Πέμπτη Λεωφόρο γιορτάζοντας τον ελληνικό αγώνα για εθνική ανεξαρτησία.
Φέτος, το μήνυμα της ανεξαρτησίας έχει τον χαρακτήρα του κατεπείγοντος και διαφορετικό νόημα καθώς ο λαός της Ελλάδας αγωνίζεται ενάντια στην πολιτική λιτότητας και κοινωνικής εξαθλίωσης την οποία η Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση, η Ευρωπαϊκή Κεντρική Τράπεζα και το Διεθνές Νομισματικό Ταμείο (ΕΕ, ΕΚΤ, ΔΝΤ) σε συνεργασία με την μη-εκλεγμένη Ελληνική κυβέρνηση επιβάλλουν.
Greek Solidarity Network Rallies for First Time
At Zuccotti Park In International Mobilization Day
Saturday February 18th, 2012
2pm Liberty Plaza (Zuccotti Park)
In adherence to the global day of #Solidarity with #Greece, we protest against the austerity measures imposed on Greece by ECB-EC-IMF and the complicity of the non-elected Greek government.* These measures are socially unfair and economically ineffective. We protest against police brutality, corporate greed and the destruction of democracy. Join us! #standbyGreece
Το Δίκτυο Ελληνικής Αλληλεγγύης (Greek Solidarity Network) είναι μια ιδιωτική πρωτοβουλία Ελλήνων ακαδημαϊκών και νέων επαγγελματιών με έδρα την Νέα Υόρκη η οποία έχει ως στόχο την ενημέρωση όσον αφορά την κατάσταση στην Ελλάδα και την υποστήριξη του Ελληνικού λαού. Η οργάνωση της συγκέντρωσης στο Liberty Plaza σε συνεργασία με την πρωτοβουλία ‘Παγκόσμια Ημέρα Κινητοποίησης: Είμαστε Όλοι Έλληνες’ στις 18 Φεβρουαρίου 2012 ήταν η πρώτη δράση που οργάνωσε το Δίκτυο Ελληνικής Αλληλεγγύης.
The Greek Solidarity Network is a private initiative by a group of New York City based academics and young professionals working to raise awareness and support for the people of Greece. The first event organized by the group was at Zuccotti Park as part of the “International Mobilization Day: We Are All Greek” on February 18, 2012.