Dec 28, 2009

"There will be blood" warns greek labour minister as crisis deepens

(image: Xmas in Athens)

The Labour minster of the socialist government in greece has expressed fears of bloodshed due to the measures set to be imposed in the next 3 months in response to the debt crisis of the country.

Mr Lomberdos the Minster of Labour of the socialist party (PASOK) ruling
greece since October this year has expressed worries that the measures
needed to lift the national debt crisis that is threatening to kick greece
out of the euro-zone might result in bloodshed. "There is little we can do
to prevent that" he added, days after his resignation from office was
overruled by the PM. The declaration that has hit the political and economic
world in greece as a lightening in the midst of the rather reluctant
Christmas festivities comes only days after the Communist Party (KKE 3rd
largest in parliament) responded to his criticism of union take-overs of the
Ministry of Labour and other government premises during protest marches this
month by declaring that "workers and farmers have the right to resort to any
means of struggle to defend their rights", a far step from the usual
law-abiding stance of the KKE.

Last week the traditionally anarchist means of state-building occupations
was employed for the first time by the KKE and the Radical Left Coalition.
Members of the latter symbolically occupied a train bound to Salonica. The
development has angered the government which has been seeking "national
unity" to guarantee peaceful implementation of the austerity measures. The
latter, the Minister of Labour, indicated could include a reduction of the
current 14 pension salaries to only 10, a move that is sure to create an
uproar as well as wide spread misery. The Minister has indicated that such
measures "can only be implemented in a violent way".

Earlier this month the greek PM in an address to the Parliament had said
that the national debt crisis is "the first national sovereignty crisis
since 1974", i.e. since the Cyprus war and the collapse of the colonels'
junta. Amidst spreading rumors in Athens that the government is not willing
to implement the anti-popular measures alone, despite it having the largest
parliamentary majority since the mid 80s, and that it is seeking to forge an
emergency national unity government that will be able to suspend articles of
the constitution protecting the right to public assembly, demonstration and
strike, the new leader of the right-wing opposition, ultra-nationalist Mr
Samaras, has gone public denying any intention to form a coalition
government with PASOK in order to face the crisis.

A further blow to the call of national unity has been most peculiarly dealt by a group of orthodox priests who have formed a "priests' struggle movement" . The priests have refused to denounce the armed struggle "as a means of defending the people's conquests", and have pledged to work through their churches to "rise class consciousness". It is the first time that such a rift appears in the usually monolithic orthodox church since the civil war when many priests took up arms against the monarcho-fascists.

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Updates: Michael Rivero reports:

People are already asking how Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab was able to get onto an airplane in Amsterdam bound for Detroit with a bomb strapped to his leg when the Amsterdam airport uses the full-body “see your naked butt” scanners.


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