Chanting “Thieves”, “Liars”, “Thugs”, “Give us our money back” and hurling eggs dozens of Greek bond holders got out of control when the appointment with Nea Dimocratia secretary, Manilis Kefaloyiannis, was cancelled. The meeting was scheduled for 11 in the morning at the headquarters of the party of prime minister Antonis Samaras.
According too Greek media, ND secretary had some other ‘duties’ and could not meet the frustrated small investors who go from political party to political party seeking a solution to their problem. A problem that had them lose halrf of their savings.
Dozens of small investors, holders of Greek bonds that underwent a 53% ‘haircut’ in March 2012, demand to be compensated and vehemently oppose the possibility of an additional PSI, currently under discussion by Greece’s lenders.
Eggs hurled at the portait of PM Antonis Samaras and ND-founder Konstantinos Karamanlis
Odd enough there were no riot police squads to take control of the situation. According to newsit, Nea Dimocratia had not asked for police support.
Talking to Greek news portals, the protesters said that they invested a lot of money to buy the Greek bonds; for some it was the savings of a whole life:
“I invested the struggle of a whole life, 110,000 euro, in order to have something when I am in need. I will get 60,000 euro, if I get in the year 2042. ” said a woman.
Another investor who spent 400,000 to buy bonds said “They will give me 60,000 from the EFSF until 2014 and then, from 2022 until 2043 they will give me 6,000 euro per month. I sold a house that I had contructed after 50 years of work.”
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Protesters refuse to leave the ND headquarters until they get an appointment with the prime ministe,r currently in Brussels to attend the EU Summit. A bond holder delegation left for the Greek parliament to meet some ND official.
It is the second time,t hat the small investors get out of control. On November 14th, they harassed Evangelos Venizelos, the leader of coalition government partner PASOK, when he was heading to an appointment with the governor of Bank of Greece.
pictures and video: @damomac
Sadly, years ago when I visited Greece, I met an American man and his British wife who lived in Greece in Voula and I was thinking of investing, and they advised me not to, because Greece wasn’t a safe investment they said, and they told me you never know what could happen. It was too risky they told me. Luckily I ended up investing in the USA treasury bonds, mutual funds etc, and have done quite well over the years. I feel sorry for the Greeks who invested in Greece and wish they had the advise of this nice British-American couple I met at Voula Beach. Could have saved these bond holders a lot of grief today. Thank you Roger and Hannah for the great advice now some 30 years later!