Ok, boys, Greeks are horrified! The deputies, not the citizens…. They are horrified that if the Mid-Term Austerity Programme is not adopted by the Parliament we all land in the bankruptcy package. A non-stop government propaganda by high ranking officials from morning til the evening, the clumsy dilemma ‘Mid-Term or Tanks’, the EU-ultimatum “Vote or go bankrupt” by Rombay/Rehn and extraordinary pressure “you vote or you’re out of the party” seem to have convinced those governing party PASOK deputies who dared to express objections about the odious package.
Weird enough the majority of the so-call ‘wanne be rebels’ deputies didn’t seem to be concerned about the the economic plight and the hardships of Greek citizens. No, no. The main concern of at least two ‘defiant’ deputies was the privatization plans of the Programme and thus those referring to Electricity Power company (DEH) and the Water Company of Thessaloniki.
To make the long story of deputies’ motives and voters’ interests short, according to Greek media, for the time being there is only one PASOK deputy insisting not to vote the Mid-Term Programme, should the DEH be privatized. This has been reported at prime time news this evening.
“Of course, there can be surprises” media said…. Then who is irresponsible and crazy enough to give a sure bet for tomorrow’s voting outcome.
Furthermore, the Mid-Term Package allegedly has found some supporters in opposition parties. At least one (maybe even two) from centre-right Nea Dimokratia may abandon the party voting orders and say Yes on Wednesday. Also ex-FM, ex-ND, Dora Bakoyanni has advised the three deputies of her tiny political party to vote ‘according to consience’.
PASOK has 155 seats in a Parliament of 300. The Package can be adopted with simple majority of 151 votes.
On Wednesday, June 29th, 2011, the debate will start at 10 a.m. The voting will start at 2 p.m.
“Indignant” Greeks are set to start their protests as early as 8 o’ clock in the morning. They plan a human chain around the Parliament to prevent lawmakers to enter. This has been done before, and the deputies did enter the Parliament, even though some had difficulties in …exiting.
They have also advised motorists to take their cars downtown and drive extremely slowly with 10-20 km/h in order to cause traffic jams and make deputies arrive late. After the voting? I don’t think so.
More “Indignant” Greeks are expected to arrive in Athens from other parts of Greece.
“Indignant” Greeks, normal protesters and labour unionists will gather outside the Parliament.
Wednesday is the second day of the general strike organized by labour unions of public and private sector.
From what my friends told me, from what I saw on television, Greek citizens believe that the Mid-Term Package will be adopted in the Parliament.
Meanwhile, Reuters report that Default unlikely for now even if Greece votes “no”.
If you want to know what happened on Tuesday in downtown Athens with the riots, the clashes and the tear gas, check our Athens June 28: Live Streaming & Blogging in English