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Greeks To Hail Merkels’ Visit to Athens With …Protest Rallies, Oct 9/2012

It didn’t matter, that everybody was caught by surprise this morning, when Merkel’s spokesman announced in Berlin that the German Chancellor will visit Athens on upcoming Tuesday, October 9th 2012. Certainly it will be a very short visit of just a couple of hours. And certainly the surprise was big. But it took anti-austerity Greeks only a short moment to recover from the shock and announce several protest rallies.

Apart from Antonis Samaras also ordinary Greeks hailed the high ranking honour. Especially those Greeks who are members of trade unions of the public and private sector and members of several opposition parties from the left and the right. A bit more right-wing than Samaras’  Nea Dimocratia, like the Independent Greeks.

They already announced that they will held a protest outside the German embassy. Of course, on Tuesday…

Main opposition left-wing SRYRIZA calls jobless, unionists and youth to join the protest rally on October 9th.

In equal mood is the call of Communist party KKE.

Unions of private sector GSEE and public sector ADEDY  declared a 3-hour work stoppage (11 am-1 pm) and a protest rally at 1 o’ clcok at Syntagma Square outside the Greek Parliament.

PS Unconfirmed rumors claim that Angela Merkel will be beamed from Athens airport to the office of Samaras with the aid of the most advanced technology devices.

 

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15 comments

  1. Merkel has caused so much suffering in Greece on ordinary people by her enforcement of austerity. Austerity that her own country would not submit too…but since Germany has made billions in profit from fraudulent arms deals and interest on the ‘loans’ to pay off their own banks..she has a lot to answer for!

  2. Will they air traffic controller go on strike before or after she lands? Or will she start off by showing the people just how much of a total coward she is and land on a military airport instead?
    Will the airport arrivals hall be packed with welcoming Greeks?
    Will there be many, many broken down cars, busses etc blocking her route to which ever puppet she is going to visit?
    Will the official cars transporting her have enough fuel in them, or will they have been “forgotten” to be topped up?
    Will the Greek people show their unrivaled ingenuity in making this the most memorable visit by a foreign despot dignitary in living history?
    Or will the Greek government do the decent thing, stand by their people, and tell her not to bother?

  3. My my, sounds like SS Enterprise from Star Trek’s bringing her in.

  4. Well said Janet, and the money it will cost Greece to entertain her little visit…..well I’m sure we can all list far more important things it should be spent on.

  5. I think she’ll need a little more protection than what Captain Piccard and Co. can offer her. They are simple no match to the anger of the Greeks…
    This individual either has a death wish, or simply does not comprehend the enormity of what her policies have inflicted on people in Greece, Spain, Portugal, etc. In which case she should be offered a meal in a food kitchen (Not a GD one though, she’s not pure Greek) instead of a fancy restaurant, she should be offered a bed in a shelter instead of the Hilton hotel, after which she should be made walk home barefoot.
    But of course, the pictures will look good in Antonis’ family photo album, and the mention of this “achievement” will probably be worth a good few Euro after he leaves offices and goes giving talks everywhere on how he tried to save the country…

  6. Think she will fly in by helicopter from the airport. Would be a good thing if AntonisS would take the opportunity to ask for a lift from the roof of Maximus Mansion or Parliament when she leaves.
    There are bad ideas and VERY bad ideas…
    Why do I suddenly get a flashback to the roof of the American embassy in Saigon some 35+ years ago? And those pictures from an aircraft carrier where they pushed Hueys overboard to make room for more?

  7. Most of these comments are childish. Angela Merkel is not responsible for the problems in this country. She has been trying to help you. Pull yourself together. It is your own politicians who are responsible for this misery. Sack all of them, and stop the strikes that only hurts yourself. (And I am not from Germany, so that is clear)

  8. There is something rotten in the state of Greece. It seems like your politicians are tax evaders all of them. And what about the church in Greece, the biggest property owner in the country. If they had paid proterty tax like other people the financial crisis had been over. And what about the “blind” who are getting alimony for their “blindnes”, and still driving their own car. And what about people who have rested on the graveyard for years but are still getting their pension. This list could be longer, much longer.You must pull ourself together.
    Angela Merkel is coming on visit on Tuesday. She is here to help you, she is not the problem, the problem is the the Greec people. If anything happens to Angele Merkel it will be a tragedy,but first of all to the Greek people. And I am not German, just to make that clear.

  9. Maybe she’ll pay homage to the last lot that came against the will of the Greek people and parachute in?

  10. Hans is right. Greeks are at fault for living on Champagne appetite but on beer budget.

  11. There is something rotten in the state of Greece.

    You can say that again, yes.

    It seems like your politicians are tax evaders all of them.

    “All of them”? These kind of general accusations can get you into prison here.

    And what about the church in Greece, the biggest property owner in the country. If they had paid proterty tax like other people the financial crisis had been over.

    Yes, they should pay property tax. But it would not solve the financial crisis. Because that money would also have disappeared into the black hole.
    Funny though, that you come up with the church and not with the shipowners. Do you have any interests in that field?

    And what about the “blind” who are getting alimony for their “blindnes”, and still driving their own car.

    Yes that where a couple of hundred. And they are now being persecuted. Together with 70.000 pensioners, to name just one other example.

    And what about people who have rested on the graveyard for years but are still getting their pension.

    What about them? Those are also dealt with now.

    This list could be longer, much longer.You must pull ourself together.

    This list IS much longer. But you seemed to have missed what has been happening the last year to expose these things and to deal with them.

    Angela Merkel is coming on visit on Tuesday. She is here to help you,

    Yes, she is coming to visit Samaras, here political friend. And no, she is not here to help the Greek people. She is here to help her self and her party in the first place. To help Germany in the second place. And to help the Greek political class and nomenklatura in the third place. The people? Who cares!

    …she is not the problem, the problem is the the Greec people.

    You are right, that she not THE problem. But neither is the Greek people in general. Just get it in your head that their are all kinds of Greek peoples. And this society is carved into two big parts: the ones belonging to the nomenklatura and the ones who don’t. The ones who don’t are paying through their noses for this crises that mostly benefited the nomenklatura. And economies like the German one have profited handsomely the last 30 years.

    If anything happens to Angele Merkel it will be a tragedy,but first of all to the Greek people.

    Yes is will be, on both accounts. And probably more so than you seem to be able to imagine.

    And I am not German, just to make that clear.

    I won’t hold that against you. And to make it clear, I am not German either. 😉

  12. Well said AntonisX