StopCartel TV broadcasts live from Athens, Greece weeknights @ 6 pm Athens time. The following post is a loose transcript of the 19 October 2012 broadcast.
By greydogg and snake arbusto, 99GetSmart
– Following the Troika’s two-day summit in Brussels, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras expressed confidence that Greece will receive the next tranche of 31.5€ billion by mid-November when the country’s current cash reserves will run out.
For the benefit of catapulting the propaganda, Samaras acknowledged that the “economy and society are at their limits, and the blood of the economy, liquidity, is at level zero; unemployment has reached nightmarish levels and every Greek is facing a personal tragedy.”
“I was met with understanding on the part of the (EU) leaders, they asked with interest about Greece,” Samaras said, adding that the climate concerning the country has changed and the immense sacrifices of the Greek people are now being publicly praised.
Samaras ridiculously added that he was confident that the Greek economy would recover! Concerning the misery of the Greek people due to brutal austerity measures imposed upon them by the Troika, Samaras said that many of the austerity measures should have been taken by Greece voluntarily.
However, to date, not one Member of Parliament has taken a pay / pension cut or voluntarily sacrificed anything.
– During a debate on the Troika’s Memorandum, main opposition leader Alexis Tsipras said that Greece is a country that is represented internationally by a coalition of “Merkelists.”
According to KeepTalkingGreece:
Addressing the three leaders of the coalition government, Tsipras said “You are not Europeanists, you are Merkelists.”
Further, he said that the Memorandum (MoU) has worsened the economic crisis since debt, unemployment and failures of businesses have increased, underlining the fact that “austerity puts the euro in danger.”
“The MoU is a crime and the whole responsibility lays on the Troika and those who govern the country. The first level is the looting of the society, the second the looting of public assets and the last default and a return to the Drachma,” Tsipras said.
– Demonstrating for the whole world to see that there is an occupation in Palestine, the Israeli Navy intercepted, surrounded and boarded the Gaza-bound ship Estelle 31 miles off the Gaza shore on Saturday. Five Members of Parliament from Sweden, Norway, Spain, and Greece were among the activists on a mission to bring humanitarian aid to the Palestinians.
On 21 October, the Israeli government sent a message to passengers aboard Estelle warning the activists that if they continued their journey, they would be taken into custody in Israel and possibly prosecuted for “illegal entry into Israel.”
Five Greek activists and two SYRIZA MPs arrived back in Athens on Sunday after they were released by Israeli authorities.
– From Athens News:
The ship set sail from Naples in a bid to break through Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza, which has been declared illegal by the UN Human Rights Commissioner on the grounds that it unfairly penalizes the civilian population.
– In a non-binding judgment, a Council of Europe committee has ruled that reforms to Greek labor laws dictated by the Troika’s Memorandum are illegal because they violate workers’ rights. The decision could be used by trade unions to mount a legal challenge in Greece.
The ruling, based on an appeal by Greek public sector unions, concerned two measures adopted in 2010 that extended the «trial period» during which workers can be dismissed without notice to one year and cut the minimum salary for workers under 25 years of age to two-thirds of the national minimum wage.
The committee said the longer trial period ran counter to a clause in the charter which said workers were entitled to «reasonable» notice before their employment was terminated and that the lower wage meant young Greek workers had fallen below the poverty line of 580 euros a month.
“This ruling establishes the illegality of the measures concerned which can be invoked in the national jurisdictions,» Luis Jimena Quesada, the committee’s president, told a news conference ahead of the ruling’s publication.
Budgetary readjustments necessitated by the global economic crisis should not lead to an erosion of workers’ rights enshrined in the European Social Charter, it said.
The committee lacks the power to enforce its findings but makes recommendations to the Council of Ministers of the 47-nation Council of Europe, which can then adopt a resolution calling on a member state to take corrective action.
The ruling could prove embarrassing to Athens and its creditors as they put the finishing touches to a new round of cuts worth 11.5 billion euros to secure the next tranche of a 130-billion-euro bailout needed to keep Greece afloat.
– Photos / videos of the last week’s general strike in Athens:
Greece: General Strike and Big Protest in Athens 18-09-12: Photos by Elias Theodoropoulos @ http://99getsmart.com/?p=5152
Greece: General Strike and Big Protest in Athens 18-09-2012: Photos by Elena Tiniakou @ http://99getsmart.com/?p=5152
VIDEO: Greece: Riot police provoke protesters and then retreat 18.10.2012 @ http://99getsmart.com/?p=5147
VIDEOS: Athens: General Strike @ https://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=1431251
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