Saturday, December 20, 2008

European May '68?

That's what Sarkozy told his ministers: “We don’t want a European May ’68 in the middle of Christmas.”

You won't know it from the mainstream media, but the Greek riots are going global. This is some serious shit. It's not like they're just torching cars and throwing molotov cocktails: About a thousand--yes, you read that correctly--schools and university departments have been occupied along with television and radio stations and riots and solidarity demonstrations have been held in Hamburg, Dresden, Cologne, Bremen, London, Edinburgh, Leeds, Newcastle, Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, Paris, Bern, Barcelona, Toledo, Madrid, Copenhagen, New York, Melbourne, Ljubljana (Slovenia), St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, Oaxaca, Glasgow, Dublin, Malmo (Sweeden), as well as cities in Turkey, Croatia, Bulgaria, Poland, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Austria, New Zealand, Portugal, South Korea, and elsewhere.

And this is not just about the Alexandros Grigoropoulos. The protesters are calling themselves "the 600 Euro generation" because nobody can get a job that pays more than 600 Euros a month.



Obviously this news is huge. The fact that it has been completely blacked out in the mainstream media means that the powers that be know that there is a legitimate danger of the riots spreading to US cities. In this tense political and economic climate, what with unemployment skyrocketing past 10% (the 6% figure they give is total bullshit) and millions of jobs hovering over the abyss, the only way that they would be able to control mass riots in major cities would be to pull out the PATRIOT ACT and call everyone who hits the streets "terrorists" and throw them in jail.

Fasten your seat belts and get into crash position fellas. USS Titanic, meet Mr. Iceberg.

3 comments:

parisan said...

//the only way that they would be able to control mass riots in major cities would be to pull out the PATRIOT ACT and call everyone who hits the streets "terrorists" and throw them in jail.//

That's exactly what our so-called leaders are hoping for. Every who hits the streets is sent to jail, and the political/financial elite are left in perfect control of the sheep-like rest (shepherd dogs included). What a great Christmas gift!

Ani said...

You're right, it's barely been reported in the U.S., at least not in a way that ties the stories together. I guess we're busy...

There's also some very tough waters ahead in Russia. Here's a report from Paul Goble about a confidential document that's been leaked about the coming crackdown: http://tinyurl.com/9644tc

tzitzernak2 said...

what's your take on the minimal coverage of the passing of Noam Chomsky?