Uncertainty and fear for the future, continuous hikes and taxes, unemployment and wage cuts, arm the citizens’ hands who are ready to ‘explode’ against the politicians at the first opportunity. Reactions such as attacks with eggs and yogurt, and even the use of force against the politicians are considered by many as “effective practices”.
The citizens’ frustration and anger boils and this is reflected in a survey-research conducted by the Panteion University in cooperation with universities in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Ireland.
The researchers emphasize that the crisis makes extremely vulnerable those at the two ends of the economic spectrum: the very poor and the very rich – the latter because they fear to come “from the top down to the bottom, and from the many to the few.”
The survey data are “sensational” in terms that former peaceful citizens are willing to react and express their anger towards the politicians.
The majority of respondents upholds the purchase of Greek products only in order to stimulate the economy, the participation in demonstrations against austerity measures and the refusal to pay new taxes.
30.4% of respondents consider as “effective” attacks with eggs and yogurt against politicians.
21.2% believe that the use of force against politicians is “action”.
17.1% said “yes” to arson politicians’ cars, 14.6% said “yes” to attacks against the forces of repression, 7.9% said “yes” to explosive devices and 6.2% said “yes” to the destruction of public property.
26.8% said they would hurl eggs and yogurt against politicians, while 16.1% admits that it would beat politicians if they had the chance.
12.5% said that they would put fire to cars of MPs and ministers, while 12.6% would have no qualms about attacking police. 5% said, they would place some device, and 5.1% said they would be involved in potentially damage public property.
67.7% of the respondents declared that they adopt passive stance with negative emotions (humiliation, fear, guilt, anxiety, frustration, sadness, frustration, feelings of helplessness), while 25.7% do not adopt such stance.
Solidarity, trust, optimism, fighting spirit – i.e. “positive emotions with active participation” according to researchers, – get a 35.6% positive responses, and a 47.2% negative responses.
source: news portal NewsBomb.gr