Saturday, May 14, 2011

Here it comes

Athens — Already struggling to avoid a debt default that could seal Greece’s fate as a financial pariah, this Mediterranean nation is also scrambling to contain another threat — a breakdown in the rule of law.

Thousands have joined an “I Won’t Pay” movement, refusing to cover highway tolls, bus fares, even fees at public hospitals. To block a landfill project, an entire town south of Athens has risen up against the government, burning earth-moving equipment and destroying part of a main access road.

The protests are an emblem of social discontent spreading across Europe in response to a new age of austerity. At a time when the United States is just beginning to consider deep spending cuts, countries such as Greece are coping with a fallout that has extended well beyond ordinary civil disobedience....

Read the rest at The Washington Post: In Greece, austerity kindles deep discontent


1 comment:

Stephan said...

Well, such things happen in Europe when there's a stupid government which is anti-people. Maybe the Irish and Brits will walk like sheep to the slaughter but now way the Greeks, Spaniards and French. They are notorious rioters. Once discontent about meaningless insane austerity reaches Spain and France the game is up for our ECB/EU dictators.