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around 5700 demonstrators marched in the rain after calls by leftist unions and a communist group for protests against the bailout deal, police said.

Thirty people were detained for questioning and two were arrested.

Around 2000 people demonstrated in Greece’s second city Thessaloniki, police said.

The two main unions, GSEE and Adedy, had called the protests over new salary and pension cuts required under the latest bailout package.

I came to support our Greek friends but also to see what might happen in Italy soon," said Bruno Matteo, a 25-year-old Italian joining his Greek girlfriend at the protest.

They just put money from one pocket to another, back and forth, while no one thinks of people who need to survive," Mr Matteo said.





Anyone with eyes open knows that the gangsterism of Wall Street — financial institutions generally — has caused severe damage to the people of the United States (and the world). And should also know that it has been doing so increasingly for over 30 years, as their power in the economy has radically increased, and with it their political power. That has set in motion a vicious cycle that has concentrated immense wealth, and with it political power, in a tiny sector of the population, a fraction of 1%, while the rest increasingly become what is sometimes called “a precariat” — seeking to survive in a precarious existence. They also carry out these ugly activities with almost complete impunity — not only too big to fail, but also “too big to jail.”

The courageous and honorable protests underway in Wall Street should serve to bring this calamity to public attention, and to lead to dedicated efforts to overcome it and set the society on a more healthy course.

__ Noam Chomsky, the leading academic and public intellectual, has issued a statement in support of the “courageous and honorable protests” on Wall Street.

But justice? As long as the killers are alive – however old they are, however long ago their crimes were committed – justice would seem to be served by punishment. John Demjanjuk’s trial in Germany this year is a case in point. Reconciliations and amnesties are a postponement of justice in the hope that the victims’ relatives will die off and their descendants will lose all interest in the outrages of the past. Unlikely. Who now remembers the Armenians, Hitler asked? Millions of people, is my reply.
Robert Fisk (Article-Prosecuting War Crimes?)
All of us bare some responsibility to do something, nothing big, nothing heroic, even something small, because great social movements are made up of very small actions undertaken by very large numbers of people which at certain points in history come together to bring about change.
Howard Zinn  (via zeitgeistmovement)

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