On the 29th of September, a small group of people in the northern Greek city of Veria decided to take action and to reconnect the electricity supply in a number of houses that had been disconnected from the network. The electricity bills, it should be noted, are the government’s chosen medium of payment for the newest property tax; in a country with more than 80% home-ownership, thousands are expected to be unable to pay the tax (on top of their actual bill, of course) and to therefore face disconnection.
The group from Veria published the following text, explaining their action:
“At the present time, when citizens enjoy peace, order and security, where prudent laws and the welfare state are the rule, some citizens of Veria decided to commit a criminal act. They started reconnecting disconnected electricity supplies.
Responding to the charge-ahead of barbarity, they reconnect the electricity to families that could not afford to pay it. And electricity is a common good. This behaviour toward the citizens of our country is a criminal one; even if they led them to unemployment and impoverishment, they now convict them to a third-world-like everyday condition.
The ordinary citizens shall not bear the cost of the widespread looting by a handful of high-flying individuals, the sell-out of everything by political puppets. In this country, apart from the obligation to pay – over and over again – for thieves and crooks, we also have rights. And the most important of all is dignity.
The group reportedly opens up the electricity supply box, without the prior knowledge of its owner, re-connects the electricity and closes the box again, covering it with a sticker reading: “CITIZENS OF VERIA – Social Solidarity – We Reconnect the Electricity”.