Before he killed himself though he wrote some poetry which details how he must have felt at the time. A translation below from the link above:
Without mercy then, without compassion,
Strike them before you’re wiped out
Or else you’ll live in misery and injustice.
If something like this does not motivate people I dont know what else will.
and we can no longer eat. I borrow money from my credit card with 22% interest even though the banks themselves borrow with 1%. I have other running costs.
“Unfortunately, I have also developed serious health problems lately. I have no solution in front of me. I can no longer live this drama. There’s no solution. Does anyone have a solution?”
SCANDALOUS is being very mild about this.
3 suicides a day, people finding it impossible to put a decent meal on the table, the country is losing 1000 jobs a week, 30% of retail outlets is gone, the people of this country are being nailed to the wall by both their own government and the Troika, and today we hear that
The total cost of this madness is estimated to cost 96 million €, and the idiots in our government are subsidizing this with 28.9 million or 30%!Greece unblocked a subsidy of 28.9 million euros ($37.2 million) for the construction of an international-standard racetrack that can be used for staging Formula One car racing, the Ministry of Development said.
The track, which will be designed to host other events as well, including world championship motorbike racing and go-kart racing, will be built in Xalandritsa near the western port city of Patras at a total cost of 94.6 million euros, the Athens- based ministry said in an e-mailed statement late yesterday. Racetrack Patras SA, a private investment company, will oversee the project.”
It sure does show the people of Greece who's side their government is one. If they hadn't realized yet...
250 Greek shipyard workers, not paid in over 6 months, storm the Ministry of Defence.
The shipyard workers stormed the ministry of Defense, and were eventually addressed by the Chief of Staff who basically told them the same BS they have been hearing for the last 6 months, as has everybody else in this country.
Despite being inside the Ministry of Defense, the military police has no authority to deal with civilians, and did not interfere. It took ar rather lack luster squad of the riot police to come in and clear the place. Many protester were arrested, and taken to the police headquarters. Which were promptly stormed by the other protesters, and this is where things got a little heavy handed.
People who have not been paid for 6 months and more were labeled as "thugs" by the very same politician responsible for not paying them....
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It is very sad to see this happen to the Spartan descendent.
I struggle to understand the game of economy:
- some people simplify the crisis in Spain and Greece as a society refusing to lower their standards of living and spending only what they earn
- some blame the high number of illegal immigrants in these numbers
- some blame the expensive Euro making Spanish or Greece exports too expensive in the global market
- some blame the corruption of the government..
Greece and Spain are both peaceful and stable countries... they aren't fucked up like any third world country. It astonishes me to see their economies struggle, well, wait... looks like the whole 1st world is struggling... while the 3rd world countires seem to be soaring with growth.. what is going on?
That is one half of the story I think. The other is the sheer volume of production world wide, and the increasing amount of expensive technology used in production, that pushed average profit margins down.
In the absence of genuine profits, interest rates were held down in the West and the system flushed full of funny money, that created first speculative tech bubbles and then property bubbles.
There has also been an increase in the gulf between rich and poor, with more and more of the world's wealth concentrated into a few hands - which reduces the efficiency of reinvestment.
There is now a huge population of young people across the world for whom there is under the present system no prospect of work.
There are clearly solutions to all these things, but they go against the interests of oligarchs and corporate giants, so can't be achieved without a mass counter offensive by the rest of us.
It seems like plans are in a very far advanced stage regarding an international general strike in Portugal, Spain, Greece and possibly Italy on 14/10/2012.
Unconfirmed reports in Greece state that ALL trade unions will part take in this. Same unconfirmed reports say that this happens to be date that the TROIKA has decided to come and pay us a visit again.....
Is there any possibility of maybe a little action and solidarity in Ireland? Or are you guys just going to sit back and wait for the next round of "Paddy-kicking"?
Meanwhile, Drama (What's in a name?), Northern Greece, tax officials have been left bewildered when dozens of parents dropped their kids in to the tax office instead of school, with the message
Here, you look after them. We can't any longer
Indifferent unions here will continue to wallow and be beligerent rather than doing anything. MPB is right when you are earning hundreds of thousands of years why go rock the boat? Some unions are too ineffective pandering to the needs of the employers rather than developing a backbone. Newspapers like the Indo would add fuel to the flames if we were to go on strike. This is a workforce united through struggle in the classic sense that could paralyse four countries and Ireland being the whipping boy and ridden by Europe for all it has is looking on being the odd one out.
Bear in mind also that in most countries one would expect the 'left' and unions to lead resistance. In Ireland the 'left' are mostly posture characters from the University system and they are not from street level and are more interested in debating dialectic than any civil action.
Union leaders in Ireland have been bribed long ago to keep their members under control.
Also, it must be said that Ireland is a socially conservative backward island and it would take an attack on the farming interest before you will see any civil resistance in Ireland.
The only resistance we've ever seen on any mass scale is over Land Rights in the country.
Paddy-at-home is either a trained colonial, bribed or oblivious politically. We have no democratic tradition to defend because we've never had one in the first place. It is a peasant mentality and hierarchy.
Just thought you deserved an explanation. If I advocated the necessary violence here I would be banned, for example, from this forum.
Think National. Act Local. Oh- and superstition is just the dark matter of human history.