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AP: Greek Youths Mad About Fiscal Policy

From the fantasists at the Associated Press:

Left-wing protestors shout slogans outside the Greece consulate ...

Greek youths also angry at govt’s fiscal policies


ATHENS, Greece – Greek youths hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails at police who responded with stun grenades and tear gas Friday, as the seventh straight day of riots triggered by the police killing of a teenager tapped into anger at the government’s fiscal policies

“What started as an outburst of rage over Alexandros’ killing is now becoming a more organized form of protest,” said Petros Constantinou of the Socialist Workers Party.

The violence has hammered Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis’ increasingly conservative government, which already faced vociferous opposition to economic and social reforms

Protesters, occupying high schools and universities, are demanding a reversal of public spending cuts, the resignation of the country’s interior minister and the release from custody of arrested riot suspects.

About 100 people have been arrested during the riots and 70 injured.

Protesters also briefly occupied a private Athens radio station Friday and read a statement on the air. A municipal building in the northwestern city of Ioannina was also occupied…

The unrest has also spilled over into other European cities, raising concerns the clashes could be a trigger for opponents of globalization, disaffected youth and others outraged by the continent’s economic turmoil and soaring unemployment.

Protesters in Spain, Denmark and Italy have smashed shop windows, pelted police with bottles and attacked banks this week, while in France, cars were set ablaze outside the Greek consulate in Bordeaux.

On Friday, about 10 Turkish leftists staged a peaceful protest outside the Greek consulate in Istanbul, carrying a banner reading: “We’re saluting the resistance of the Greek people.” …

How hilarious.

Yes, these communist/anarchist thugs youths have been rioting and looting for a solid week now because they are displeased about Greece’s fiscal policies.

This is the kind of story that only a reporter for our watchdog media could imagine.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, December 12th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “AP: Greek Youths Mad About Fiscal Policy”

  1. bill says:

    Communists are behind all revolutions.

  2. Barbie says:

    Leftists/commies/anarchists, et al, are never reluctant to hurt and kill innocent people, destroy property, and create anarchy so they can impose their political and personal will upon others who disagree with them. Wise up, America, it’s going to happen here, too..

  3. DEZ says:

    “Protesters, occupying high schools and universities, are demanding a reversal of public spending cuts, the resignation of the country’s interior minister and the release from custody of arrested riot suspects.”

    That’s the money quote!
    They want their free stuff and freedom from accountability for destroying others property, while imposing their political will over democracy

  4. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    These people aren’t outraged over the shooting of a teen, they’re just using it as an excuse to raise Hell. You’d think that these protests across Europe, all socialist countries, wouldn’t exist because the government provides everything for them. Too much of a slovenly (Welfare) society breeds discontent.

  5. Lurkin_no_mo says:

    Communists? In 1776? I don’t think so…. But that was then…this is now. ….and democracy and freedom were rather radical concepts back then.

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    This is what I talkin’ about when the people get tired of “I LOVE LUCY” reruns!! I just thought it would be Cuba first.

  7. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    “Wise up, America, it’s going to happen here, too..”

    Going to, already does.

    “They want their free stuff and freedom from accountability for destroying others property, while imposing their political will over democracy”

    Sounds familiar, something about California and a proposition comes to mind.

    Just to think, Napoleon gained prominence for breaking up rioters by firing volleys of grapeshot into them. One stupid kid dies while causing enormous amounts of damage and rioting is blamed on this one act. Of course the death is a convenient excuse for the media. Since there was not any rioting before his death. Some evil policeman just shot him walking down the street?

  8. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Europe and the far east have always been like a giant powder keg looking for an ignition. And it doesn’t take much of a spark to set things off. When my wife and I lived in Europe there were countless demonstrations for whatever reason the locals felt like protesting. The good thing was that most of it was kept from getting out of hand by the German police. Unlike their U.S. counterparts, the German police don’t have their hands tied when it comes to dealing with lawbreakers. We often joked amongst ourselves that what we would call police brutality in the U.S. the Germans called it police tactics. Or as one of my colleagues bluntly stated, ‘Never mess with the German Polizie, because they’ll Rodney King your ass in a heartbeat.’

  9. GuppyNblue says:

    The “youths” of Greece are still at it.

    From the BBC
    Athens sees more violent clashes

    Greek police have again clashed with demonstrators in Athens, two weeks after the fatal shooting of a teenager by police sparked nationwide unrest.

    The violence followed a memorial gathering at the site where Alexandros Grigoropoulos died on 6 December.

    Groups of demonstrators threw rocks and petrol bombs at police, who responded with volleys of tear gas.

    Protests in Athens and other cities in the past fortnight over the police killing have often turned violent.

    Greece’s worst unrest in decades is fuelled by anger at high youth unemployment and unpopular government reforms.

    The protests have caused hundreds of millions of euros in damage, rocking a conservative government that has a one-seat majority and trails the opposition in polls…

    The policeman accused of shooting Alexandros Grigoropoulos has been charged with murder…

    A group of youths attacked the Christmas tree in Syntagma Square in central Athens, tossing rubbish at it and attempting to set it on fire.


    So is it that every time there’s an isolated fatal shooting by police we should overthrow a government? Or is it that overthrowing the government is the real motivation and the incident is just a convenient excuse?

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