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Greek Rioters Throw Fire Bombs At Cops

From a cheering Associated Press:

A riot policeman jumps over metal railings after being set on fire by protesters throwing petrol bombs in Athens on Saturday May 1, 2010.

Greek unions protest expected austerity measures

By Demetris Nellas, Associated Press Writer Sat May 1, 2010

ATHENS, Greece – Hundreds of youths rioted in Athens on Saturday, throwing Molotov cocktails and stones at police who responded with tear gas at a May Day rally against austerity measures being enacted by the cash-strapped government to secure foreign loans to stave off bankruptcy.

Police made at least nine arrests, including six people suspected of looting a shop. Seven officers were injured along with two demonstrators.

The uniforms of several riot police officers were set ablaze by firebombs. One of the policemen hopped over a metal railing as other officers stood over him extinguishing the flames. A state television van was set on fire and badly damaged.

Responding to calls from the country’s two main labor unions, several thousand people marched in major Greek cities Saturday against the anticipated spending cuts and consumer tax hikes.

In Athens, groups of black-clad anarchists in hoods and motorcycle helmets smashed three shop and hotel windows and set up barricades of burning trash bins. Around 17,000 people took part in the march, according to police estimates.

Leftist and anarchist demonstrators heckled and threw plastic water bottles at former parliamentary speaker Apostolos Kaklamanis, a governing Socialist lawmaker, after spotting him among pedestrians on the sidelines of the Athens march. Kaklamanis, 73, was hit and kicked but suffered no major injuries and was eventually whisked away by police…

In March, Athens announced belt-tightening measures aimed to save some euro4.8 billion this year through cuts in civil service pay, higher indirect taxes and a crackdown on widespread tax evasion. But these proved insufficient, and additional austerity measures will likely include further hikes in consumer taxes, and deeper cuts in pensions and public service pay. Unions are furious.

"These measures are death. How people are going to live tomorrow, how they’re going to survive, I do not understand," said Nikos Diamantopoulos, who was participating in a rally organized by pro-Communist unions.

Union members held a peaceful march to the Athens offices of the European Union and continuing to the U.S. Embassy.

In the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, where more than 5,000 people demonstrated, anarchists briefly clashed with police and smashed a few storefronts and ATMs.

Greek unions have called a nationwide general strike for May 5…

Look for the union label. It seems the thing that binds the communists and the anarchists.

(Not there there is any real difference.)

Still, what a perfect way to celebrate May Day.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, May 1st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Greek Rioters Throw Fire Bombs At Cops”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    May 1 – Victims Of Communism Remembrance Day

    A curious and most revealing day for Communists, socialist, workers and Unions to celebrate.

    The villainy of this day really begins on the evening of April 30.

    April 30 – May 1 — Beltaine Festival, also called Walpurgis Night. This is the highest day on the Druidic Witch’s Calendar. May 1 is the Illuminati’s second most sacred holiday. Human sacrifice is required.

    Which certainly explains the Communist movement, to me. If anything they were a cult of human sacrifice.



    Of course Unionists everywhere celebrate the occult high holy day of human sacrifice.

    And Obama is the zenith of their calling.

  2. Mithrandir says:

    Liberals LOVE big government.

    Big government is a proven failure.

    Liberals’ parasitic acts CAUSE big government to fail.

    Liberals riot because their actions caused big government to fail.

    (It would be like maxing out your own credit card, then when you were forced to start paying it back, you burn your own house down in protest)
    *They are sick in the head man. . .

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Basically, Mith, you described parasites.

    You know, eating heartily, living the high life while the host dies.

    Then, it’s all over. Unless they can find another host. And, like parasites, they are bloody difficult to eradicate. They pop up at the worst times, in the worst places.

    Good, smart folks can recognize the symptoms of a society suffering from a parasitic infection but unfortunately, liberals are also like drugs. The brain would rather feed the addiction than get well.

    It’s all very sad, really.

    • Mithrandir says:

      I am sure there is some percentage or breaking point in a nation in which those dependent on the government for a job or subsidy, starts showing the symptom phase of sickness. In which a responsible managing gov’t would step in and cut off this cancerous growth.

      However, when a nation starts getting sick, politicians don’t carve out the illness, they raise taxes, borrow money, print more money etc.

    • GetBackJack says:

      A virus lives off its host.

      A stupid virus, like HIV, consumes so much of its host that the host dies.

      The left hand side of the aisle is a stupid virus.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “I am sure there is some percentage or breaking point in a nation in which those dependent on the government for a job or subsidy, starts showing the symptom phase of sickness.”

      Yes, you are seeing it now and for years previous. 46% of the population does not pay taxes therefore they are parasites, living “adequately” while the healthy host toils and gets little reward or fights the losing battle where the new car you had hoped to buy is now unaffordable because the taxes taken from your check are now trying to correct the federal deficit while freeloaders eat and live for nothing.

      They are in their squalor comfort zone and rather than work hard to get better for themselves, it is equally gratifying to see someone in the middle class have to go without because of higher taxes.

      But, in that type of society, everyone is equal only when they all have nothing.

      That is the goal.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    including six people suspected of looting a shop

    Ah, yes, looting. That age-old panacea of the left. I remember the “survival kits” the citizens of New Orleans were seeking. Plasma TV’s and lots of clothes. I think even the cops got in on that one.

    Looting. How to justify it.

    “I’m broke”—looting is the answer
    “I’m hungry”—looting for all your dietary needs
    “The government made me mad”—looting will set you free
    “I didn’t get my welfare check”—looting. That’ll show ’em
    “I’m bored”—looting will occupy your time and your mind


    And they are wired to think like that? Decency gives way to what, exactly? Desperation? In many ways I sympathize as to how rough things are there. But, unless you’re stealing things that help you survive….and even then….I don’t understand.

    Perhaps, to be fair, things that are stolen can be traded for perishables on the black market. I can see that but still. I’d like to think that the situation isn’t that desperate but it’s hard to get any factual news from there, for obvious reasons.

    I do think about them though and hope they can recover.

  5. GL0120 says:

    I’m certain that if the mainstream media digs deep enough they’ll find that Tea Partiers were responsible for the protests and pretended to be fine, upstanding union members to make unions look bad.
    We all know that unions would never engage in such behavior; worldwide they care about the countries that they work in and strive tirelessly for the good of their fellow citizens.

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