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Shocking Video of Greek Police Brutality During Athens Protests

As the Greek parliament voted to enact a five-year, €28.4 billion ($41 billion) austerity plan that will open the door to more aid from the country’s creditors, protesters took to the streets of Athens and other cities to demonstrate against the harsh cuts. They were met by club-wielding riot police in body armor and shields who weren’t at all shy about using their weapons against unarmed citizens.

One intrepid Greek armed with only a video camera shot the following shocking footage of head-thumping cops during a heated demonstration in central Athens:

Many Greeks, who enjoyed one of the most generous social safety nets in the world, are understandably upset by the harsh austerity measures that will see many benefits cut and many state-owned enterprises privatized. Such are the lengths the cash-strapped country, with a national debt in excess of $400 billion, must go to in order to secure further loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Millions of Greeks view this as surrendering of national sovereignty; they also personally feel the pain of shrinking wages and soaring prices of consumer goods.

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2 Comments

  1. AtomdombJuly 7, 2011 at 9:36 amReply

    Ahhh, the end game of socialism. Smells great doesn’t it? We aren’t to far off from this in the old US of A. How about these total douchebags rioting because they can’t get their government funded retirement at age 50 anymore. Privatizing state-owned enterprises!!! Oh the humanity!

    • Brett WilkinsJuly 7, 2011 at 11:31 amReplyAuthor

      I will admit, when I heard what kinds of incredibly generous benefits Greeks were entitled to, the word “unsustainable” was the first that came to mind. A recently-developed country like Greece has no business being so generous to its people. On the other hand, “socialism” is working just fine in Germany and elsewhere, although I do suspect we’ll see some scaling back of entitlements even there in the coming years, or sooner.

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