Tomorrow, the people of Greece will take to the streets again to occupy Syntagma Square in protest of the extreme austerity measures being imposed on the backs of the Greek 99% to the joy and benefit of the European financial elite. The 99% everywhere are under assault by the same global banking interests. Greece is merely the most severe economic crisis yet to be imposed by the International Monetary Fund and other agents of the 1% in the Global North. People all over the world live under the tyranny of policies dictated by the IMF, the World Bank, and the G8. As demonstrated by the wholesale slashing of social services in the name of “debt reduction,” New York City and the United States are not immune.
Yesterday was a defeat of bourgeois democracy in many ways. We will not dwell on the fact that a government has appointed a banker for a prime minister without him being elected by the people. Nor that the party who appointed him prime minister has already lost its parliamentary majority and still governs.
But I can not close the eyes to the fact that from the beginning of the pandemic protest last May, yesterday, the people chose as their protectors, not those who are paid to legally protect the people, but the anarchists. Neither am I surprised when I see and read that what was left from yesterday’s grand gathering of the crowd are the ashes of buildings and banks.