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July 6, 2015

Like the independence referendum in Scotland, Greece has entered a process which is unstoppable


OXI, the “no” to the unconditional surrender demanded of Greece, has already won. We just don’t know how big the victory is yet. It may seem a bold prediction, but I’m not talking about the result of today’s referendum, monumental though that is, but about something much more profound.

All week the parallels between the Scottish referendum on Independence last year and what is happening in Greece, have been unavoidable. The fearmongering and predictions of doom have been hundred-fold, of course, and the situation much more extreme, but the way in which the representatives of the corrupt status quo have lined up, one by one, behind the “yes” camp, the way in which they have chosen to frighten, rather than convince, has been unmistakeable.

In June 2011, in my very first piece about the Greek crisis, I wrote about the occupation of Syntagma Square. I wrote that what was happening there was beautiful; filled with hope; gloriously democratic. About how the crowd of thousands shared what little food and drink there was. About a microphone which stood in the middle, through which anyone could speak and make proposals, which were then voted on by a show of hands. I talked about the beginnings of Citizenship and predicted that hope for Greece existed within that movement.

Four years later, Alexis Tsipras, the man who emerged as a leader from that movement, stood in the same square in front of a million people, this time as Prime Minister, and made a speech filled with both generosity and defiance. He stood alone, with no security, no fear, nothing between him and the crowd, other than a white shirt, unbuttoned at the collar. “Democracy is life”, he said. “Democracy is strength and joy.” The crowd…

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 6, 2015 10:11 am

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  2. Philip Kane permalink
    July 6, 2015 12:07 pm

    Unfortunately the link to the rest of the article on byline does not work

  3. Elle Em permalink
    July 6, 2015 4:30 pm

    They say history repeats itself. My first history book at school had a chapter “The Glory that was Greece”. Now, it will be glorious again. Lovely country, lovely people, and amazing history, art and architecture not to mention the wonderful legacies left by the ancient Greek philosphers, mathematicians etc . Athens was the first foreign city I ever visited. I have never forgotten the magic of it. Greece has a very special place in my heart.

  4. Estrella coeli permalink
    July 9, 2015 8:09 am

    Attract Chinese tourists group & your economy will rebounce sooner ! Good luck !

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