Greek military prepares for mass repression


Former high-level Greek diplomat Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos told the UK’s New Statesman last week that discussions had taken place between senior Greek politicians and the armed forces on the military’s response to what Chrysanthopoulos described as an “explosion of social unrest” expected to occur “quite soon.”

Chrysanthopoulos said that in the coming months, “There will be further increases in armed actions. There will be bloody demonstrations.”

Without giving details, he said, “There are contacts by certain politicians with elements in the armed forces to guarantee that in the event of major social unrest, the army will not intervene.”

This last claim was likely made for public consumption. Even if such a request had been made, any assurances from the Greek military would be worthless given the recent history of the country, in which the “regime of the colonels” seized power in a military coup in 1967 that lasted until 1974. Since the onset of mass austerity in Greece in 2010 there have been constant rumours of coup discussions among high-ranking military personnel.

The most significant aspect of Chrysanthopoulos’ interview is the revelation of discussions between politicians and the military on how to respond to the threat of social revolution.

Greek ruling circles are working on the assumption that insurrectionary struggles are inevitable because of the intolerable level of suffering they have imposed on the working class. Within less than four years, the social position of the Greek working class has been reduced to levels not seen since the Nazi occupation during World War II.

Brutal poverty is a fact of life for millions. One major aspect of the assault on living conditions is the removal of public health provisions.

More than 50 pharmaceutical conglomerates have either halted or savagely cut supplies to Greece—citing concerns for their profits. The dangerous shortage of hundreds of basic medicines is resulting in chaotic scenes of patients rushing from one pharmacy to another in search of vital drugs, while public hospitals lack adequate supplies of drugs to dispense.

Such conduct is not confined to the big pharmaceutical companies. On Tuesday it emerged that the Swiss Red Cross, a non-profit relief agency, is set to slash the number of blood donor packets it supplies to Greece. It cited concerns that it has not received full payment for previous allocations and announced that beginning in 2015 the number of blood donor packets it sends to Greece will be halved from the current annual level of 28,000.

As a result of the austerity policies demanded by the “troika” (the International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank and European Union), a staggering 4.65 million people are now either unemployed or economically inactive. There are 450,000 households in which no one is employed. Of the 2.6 million people employed in the private sector in 2010, 900,000 have been laid off. Because the duration of benefits has been slashed, just 225,000 of the unemployed now receive unemployment pay.

In the private sector, just 600,000 workers (from a total 1.6 million) now work a regularly paid eight-hour day. Professor Savas Robolis of the University of Panteion in Athens recently said, “The remainder—a million workers—have had their hours cut or are getting paid late, four or five months late. They are in a state of desperation.”

This week’s annual report by the Bank of Greece found that 23 percent of the population lived below the poverty line in 2012, compared to 16 percent in 2011. Also noted was the exponential increase in child poverty, with the rate of families at risk reaching 31 percent in just one year (2010-2011). In the period 2010-2012, the average gross salary in the country was cut by 20.6 percent and labour costs for employers decreased by 18.5 percent.

Given the austerity measures already in place, there will be an overall reduction in labour costs in Greece for the period 2012-2014 of 17.6 percent. So savage are these measures that they are set to surpass the 15 percent reduction in overall costs demanded by the troika.


how much more pain can they bring to the greeks?..what do they expect the people to do? bend over even more?

“Bank of Greece found that 23 percent of the population lived below the poverty line in 2012”


~ by seeker401 on March 6, 2013.

9 Responses to “Greek military prepares for mass repression”

  1. What a sad article 😦 , and how not to consider the Mark of the Beast as the next step there… They just introduced the government total supervision on one’s bank account.

    What is (and what did) refraining the greek people to walk in to the parliament? Good luck to our greek friends standing in front row

    • they are so owned..i fear this is a “guinea pig” country..a trial run..

      • So true… a guinea pig as well as an exemplar to be avoided be the rest countries (Spain, Italy, etc). If Europe wanted to bail Greece out it would be easy. But they can’t do the same for the big countries, so they are squeezing out the small & manageable Greece to create fear for the rest.
        Needless to say about the gain of the natural resources that are going to exploit at ludicrously cheap prices.

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  3. Revolution is absolutely necessary! But revolution without vision will lead to undesired ends, as what happened in Egypt.

    The new revolution must be Meritocracy, a new government system built from scratch. Greece was a leader of democratic ideals in ancient times, will they be the birthplace of the next great system, Meritocracy?

    • “Many people think meritocracy is something vague, but it couldn’t be simpler. What it does straight away is to remove the right of everyone over 18 to vote. People no longer have an automatic vote. Instead, a new voting system is established in which people are permitted multiple votes related to subjects in which they have demonstrable ability and knowledge i.e. by virtue of academic qualifications or work experience. Instead of voting for a politician in your geographical area, you vote for experts in your own fields of expertise. So, for example, if you have an economics degree then you are allowed to vote for which people should be running the economy. Anyone who doesn’t have an economics degree or doesn’t work in an economics job or can’t otherwise demonstrate their expertise in economics, doesn’t get a vote regarding economics. If you want to vote, get qualified (citizenship exams will be provided in all major subjects; they won’t be as advanced as degrees, but they will allow citizens to demonstrate that they have meaningful knowledge of a subject). Otherwise, you will be deemed ignorant of the subject, hence it would be absurd to give you a vote regarding a subject about which you know nothing. You can have as many votes as your areas of evident merit. If you have no merits, you get no votes.”

      Need to think about this one before I decide on it.

    • shades of jfk’s “best and brightest.”

      oh yeah, did i mention jfk was a war criminal drug addict douchebag? 🙂

      if “merit” is defined by the state (“ocracy”) then all states are meritocracies.

      remember the episode of the simpsons where the smart people take over the town?

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