Jul 172012
 

 

By greydogg and snake arbusto, 99GetSmart

StopCartel TV broadcasts live from Athens, Greece, AT A NEW TIME … weeknights @ 6pm Athens time. The following post is a loose transcript of the July 16, 2012 broadcast.

– Two more suicides were reported in Greece on Monday. In the city of Lamia in central Greece, a 64-year-old retired radiologist jumped to his death from the windowsill of the city’s main hospital. Despite the combined efforts of his family, the hospital staff and a police negotiator, who for over two hours tried to convince him not to take his own life, he jumped, dying instantly. It was reported that he had not received a pension since he filed his retirement papers six months ago and suffered from dire financial problems.

And, on the island of Crete, a businessman hanged himself due to economic difficulties.

So the Troika and its failed austerity policies have taken two more victims.

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– On Wednesday, the Troika called for an additional 14.5 billion euros in austerity measures for Greece, to be imposed within the next three years.

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– Taking their marching orders from the Troika, the political predators of New Democracy, PASOK, and Tourism Services, who have controlled Greece since the last election fraud, have announced that Greece is FOR SALE. The government-of-the-regime estimates a total of 6.9 billion in total assets will be privatized.

This ruthless and illegal coup plans to literally sell profitable public property, owned and paid for by the Greek People for decades, for prices that have no relation to reality.

It’s unbelievable, but true. In an official document, the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund or TAIPED, who are tasked with the process of privatization by the Troika, has assessed that the state property will be sold for only 6.9 billion.

Further outrage! The sell off of the public’s profitable assets will not contribute to or in any way relieve the Greek People from the burden of debt.

TAIPED is the liaison between the buyers and sellers of public property. According to official documents, TAIPED has pegged the price of public assets to current market prices for listed companies and offers submitted by prospective suitors for different companies or public property.

According to TAIPED, the property prices for Greece’s public assets are:

– The PPC (electric company) not more than 350 million euros

– Old international Airport is not to exceed 700 million euros

– EYDAP (Athens Water and Sewage Company) will cost 200 million euros

– EYATH (Thessaloniki water company) 80 million euros

– Via Egnatia 50 million euros

– OPAP (Hellenic Petroleum), which has hundreds of millions in revenue annually, is to be sold for only 500 million euros

– The state lottery will be sold for 550 million euros

– All regional airports are on the block for 400 million euros

– All ports, Piraeus, Thessaloniki, and other smaller ports for 420 million euros

– The property of the IBC (Olympics Press Center) 80 million euros

– The Hippodrome just 60 million euros

– The rest of the Athens International Airport 800 million euros

– The Post Office just 80 million euros

– Finally, the luxurious hotel Astir Vouliagmeni for only 30 million euros! Two to three years ago, the two villas on Mykonos had an estimated value of 1 billion each!

A total of $6.9 billion euros FOR ALL OF THIS!!!

Before the sell-off of the Greek Peoples’ assets begins, the public needs to trigger the application of Article 120 of the Greek Constitution.

As the blog Prime Economics states in a February 23, 2012 post entitled, Greece: Towards the Creditors’ Constitution?:

There is time to regroup and say no. Greek Constitution, which came into force in 1975 – thus after the ousting of the right-wing military dictatorship – and was last amended in 2008, has some very important protections built into it.

First, as to sovereignty. The Troika’s first stumbling block is Article 1:

“1. The form of government of Greece is that of a parliamentary republic.

2. Popular sovereignty is the foundation of government.

3. All powers derive from the People and exist for the People and the Nation; they shall be exercised as specified by the Constitution.”

And all who would seek to undermine this popular sovereignty should beware. Article 120 provides a rather fierce rampart against “usurpation” of the Constitution, “in any way whatsoever”:

“3. Usurpation, in any way whatsoever, of popular sovereignty and of powers deriving therefrom shall be prosecuted upon restoration of the lawful authority; the limitation from which punishment for the crime is barred shall begin as of the restoration of lawful authority.”

And Greeks may in some cases resist “by all possible means”:

“4. Observance of the constitution is entrusted to the patriotism of the Greeks who shall have the right and the duty to resist by all possible means against anyone who attempts the violent abolition of the Constitution.” […]

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– Alexis Tsipras says the government-of-the-regime is trying to convince the Greek people that if they sell off all of the public assets for pennies on the euro, it will relieve the austerity measures.

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– There were huge protests in Spain over the weekend, as Prime Minister Rajoy officially announced that he will impose the same failed austerity policies imposed on the Greek people.

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Information is the backbone of the effort to liberate ourselves, not just in Greece or Europebut the whole world. Independent media is an extremely important conduit of unfiltered information. We must build and support a network of information in order to succeed.

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