The Greeks are Fucked
In economic terms Greece is the limping kid of Europe right now, having to beg cash from Germans who’re kind of wishing the Greeks would just fuck off and die. However, in terms of civil disobedience, (and by disobedience, I mean a complete transformation from a civilised society into a set of roaming tribes burning buildings), they, along with these guys, are setting the European agenda. We’ve been here before, remember, but the government seem set on punishing the people and leading the country into the sea. We have an office out there, so we got in touch.
Right now the country is so far in debt to the rest of Europe that everyone in the country is going to have to pay big for mistakes, which, let’s face it, were made by the rich and powerful. Yesterday people tried to storm Parliament to stop them voting in the miserable austerity measures, which will hike taxes and cut wages and pensions; the violence that followed killed three people and injured lots more.
We called our man in Greece, Freddie F., who’s been running around taking photos on his iPhone, to find out what it’s like out there. He’s American Greek and probably wishing he was living in Obama’s health care wonderland right now.
Vice: Hi Freddie, how's life in Athens?
Freddie F: Smokey and tense, very tense.
How bad is the damage?
The destruction is quite massive, as you walk your way to the center the banks are all smashed up. The streets are full of riot cops, undercover cops, fire trucks and curious tourists; mostly Americans.
Are there still people out on the streets protesting or has everything calmed down?
I don't think so, I reckon this is the calm before the storm.