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Greek austerity reaches saturation point as police now joining with protesters against government

Greek austerity reaches saturation point as police now joining with protesters against government

One of the more important geo-political events we have been watching and waiting on the sidelines for in recent weeks is at what point would the police and military finally capitulate to the protesters in Venezuela and realize that the only way things would change in the South American country was to physically oust President Nicholas Maduro in a military coup.  But as that has yet to happen despite their economy’s hyperinflation and growing death rates from starvation, over on the other side of the world something may have finally cracked in Greece that could quickly lead to the overthrow of the Syriza government.

As Prime Minister Alexis Tsipris has given in time and time again to the European Troika (IMF, ECB, and EC) in order to get drops of bailout funds just to keep the government going, the Greek people has been crushed by never ending, and ever increasing austerity demands that have destroyed their economy and population’s wealth.  And in a move that is almost always a precursor to revolution, on May 17 police and fire state employees joined in with the protesters against the latest austerity measures which now affect their own paychecks and pensions.

Members of of the Greek Police, the Fire Brigades and the Coast Guard marched to the Parliament on the general strike day protesting the new austerity package that will be voted on Thursday at the Parliament.

Three squads of riot police were deployed outside the Parliament to prevent their colleagues to enter the House.

It was due to the intervention of the coolest among the people form both sides that the situation did not get out of control.

Protesters were furious at Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, who had promised that there would be no wage cuts in the special payrolls. Kammenos had also promised them they would be paid retrospectively the wages cuts they had suffered due to the previous bailout agreements. The Supreme Court had ruled that they should be exempted from the cuts. – Keep Talking Greece

All one has to do is look at Egypt following the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak by factions of the Muslim Brotherhood a few years back to realize that if you do not have the full support of both the military and law enforcement, then your government is very likely to be made illegitimate, and thrown out via a military coup.

There is little blood left that the European Union can squeeze out of the Greek turnip, and after nearly a decade, the people and the police have had just about enough of forced poverty, looting of their national wealth, and false promises of the future by both the elites and now their own government.  And this week’s joining by police and other first responders with the people in the ongoing national protests could very well be spelling the beginning of the end for the current Greek government.

Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for The Daily Economist,, and Viral Liberty, and hosts the popular youtube podcast on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.



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