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TURKS, GREEKS, BRAZILIANS JOIN IN PROTESTS IN US
#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.
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