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Day 2 of the 48-hour strike, November 7: Live updates

00.25 The third memorandum and the severe austerity cuts that come along with it have been passed through parliament (153 out of 300 MPs voted in favour).

22:45 The hard rain continues and people have dispersed from the area around Syntagma.

21:44 Riot police still attacks manically to the dispersed demonstrators, tear gas and a lot of beating up under rain. Tear gas and clashes until Sygrou Avenue and in Plaka, people may be dispersed but still on the streets.

21:27 Clashes still going on, police is trying to push people towards Panepistimiou. The water from the rain and the water canon combined with chemicals of the tear gas make the atmosphere unbearable, but people are ready to fight and still fighting very effectively against the police. At least 40 injuries of demonstrators so far, but probably the number is higher. Earlier 100-150 people chased riot police towards Metaxourgeio, clashes still going on all around the center of the city.

20:41 More teargas as people try to re-take syntagma square.

20.21 Striking health workers help injured demonstrators at the impromptu Health clinic set up inside the Amalia Hotel. It is estimated that at least 40 demonstrators have been injured so far.


19:58 Large amounts of teargas pushes the crowd down Filellinon.

19:42 People regroup in the square after having been dispersed by the teargas. Firebombs in ermou.

19:31 More clashes outside the parliament. Still a large crowd in the square.

 19.18 First molotovs in Syntagma, as demonstrators tear apart part of the fence protecting the parliament. One molotof hits the police water canon, behind the fence.


19.00 It is now confirmed – the employees of the parliament have just gone on strike. This comes in response to a law submitted to parliament as part of the third memorandum, which would end their partial exemption from the cuts. Leftist MPs now claim it is impossible for the voting of the new memorandum to go on tonight.

18.50 Unconfirmed reports that the employees of the parliament will go on strike from 7pm on. This would make the continuation of the electoral process impossible (since it would be impossible to take minutes of the parliamentary proceedings).

Syntagma, Athens, Nov 17, 18.55. People start pushing at the metal barrier protecting the parliament.

18.35 The number of the demonstrators in the streets of Athens could be even higher – possibly up to 200,000. Almost impossible to estimate. It has just started raining in central Athens.

18.25 At least 100,000 demonstrators in the streets of Athens already.

17:18 Undercover police officers in almost every single metro station of Athens metropolitan complex do preemptive detains. Strikers pre-gatherings in Peristeri district of Athens have been attacked without any reason by riot police.  First people gathered in Syntagma.

16:16 Hundreds have been detained while the police has attacks and blocked demonstrators who were trying to go to Syntagma. Most metro stations around the center were ordered by the police to be closed in order to make difficult for demonstrators to reach Syntagma. However, the metro was packed and Syntagma Square is packed. Dozens of thousands so far are there.

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  1. Marc wrote:

    Livestream is offline?

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Permalink
  2. RT still live wrote:

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Permalink
  3. INCUBUS wrote:

    Two streams through this capitalist asshole site-

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Permalink
  4. Marc wrote:

    Stream doesnt works…

    Clashes still going or its over?

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Permalink
  5. alex wrote:

    When we will know result of voting?

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Permalink
  6. Malakas wrote:

    I am a Greek-American who grew up in Greece with US father and Greek mother. This site is one of the few places where one can exclusively discuss Greek politics in English. I have no Greek keyboard and I hate having to write things like “eisate malakes, alla afto (auto) alithevi” and “krima pou eisate malakes”.

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Permalink
  7. Contra Info wrote:

    Syntagma—Athens, November 7th

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Permalink
  8. vasiliki wrote:

    A few hundred policemen be able to protect the parliament from the masses. There is no revolution, people are not willing to fight because they dont know what they really should fight for. They are seperated in many different groups having seperated aims. They dont unterstand capitalism but they wil suffer within. It’s a desaster!

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Permalink
  9. INCUBUS wrote:

    @vasiliki- then see what’s happening in Crete. Capitalism is THE DISASTER, and mass popular assemblies is the cure for the ‘separation’ fostered by political parties and fossilised ideologies. People don’t need to understand capitalism- just how to destroy it before it destroys them!

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Permalink
  10. Jack Common wrote:

    INCUBUS wrote:
    “People don’t need to understand capitalism- just how to destroy it before it destroys them!”

    But you DO need to understand your enemy in order to destroy it – or rather, as part of the process of destroying it: the unity of ideas and practice; no “understanding” independent of an active struggle to destroy the enemy and its system.

    Today, capitalism is very different from the past – we are ruled by
    finance capital and fictive capital. So merely striking – even an indefinite general strike – won’t shift them, and won’t shift their miney-making-money schemes off the electronic stock exchange. Certainly not attacking the bastards in one country. They won’t be bothered if strikers in Greece starve to death. Now, occupying everywhere, expropriating the properties of the rich, ransacking the banks, re-organising the production and distribution of necessities, attacking the state and the economy wherever, by any means necessary – these things might inspire people the world over and launch a revolutionary crisis, but it’ll take several years of trial and error, advance and retreat, action and reflection against reaction and genuflection, to unite proletarian resistance globally.

    Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 10:29 am | Permalink
  11. INCUBUS wrote:

    @Jack Common-
    that’s pretty much what I meant, as opposed to some dry, academic and abstract understanding of capital, as touted by the intellectual left -Naturally understanding ‘how to destroy it’ presupposes a living critique…Solidarity to the Heraklion Commune!

    Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 11:14 am | Permalink
  12. Kirilov wrote:

    One morning I’ll open the door
    and go out into the street
    like yesterday
    And I won’t think about anything but
    a bit of my father
    and a bit of the sea – all that has
    left me -
    and the city. The city they wasted.
    And our lost friends.
    I’ll open the door one morning
    like yesterday and go straight
    into the fire
    shouting “fascists!!”
    raising barricades and throwing stones
    with a red flag
    lofty and shining in the sun.

    - K.G.

    Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Permalink
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    Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Permalink
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