“Karamanlis or tanks.” That was the choice that Konstantinos Karamanlis posed to Greeks in 1974 upon his return from self-imposed exile in Paris after the overthrow of the country’s military Junta. The popular former Prime Minister’s triumphant return to Athens to lead the country’s transition back to democracy was followed by his sweeping election victory, and a place in history as one of modern Greece’s great statesmen.
Now, 34 years later, Karamanlis’ nephew, Costas Karamanlis is Prime Minister as Greece faces its worst riots in a generation. Radical youths and riot police clashed Tuesday for a fourth straight day following the Nov. 6 fatal shooting of Andreas-Alexandros Grigoropoulos, a 15-year-old boy by Athens police. During Monday night’s cabinet meeting, Karamanlis considered a proposal to declare a state of emergency, and the possibility that troops could return to the streets of Athens for the first time since the military dictatorship of 1967-1974.
The Prime Minister has said that full justice will be pursued in the death of the teenager, but also emphasized that there will be no leniency for the rioters. Still, the 45,000 strong police seem unable to find a way to quell the unrest. Dokos says the situation has spiraled out of control because “the government made the assumption that police intervention would have inflamed the crisis even further”. In a prime time televised address to the nation, Costas Karamanlis called those who engage in acts of violence and vandalism “enemies of Democracy” and asked for unity in order to isolate the radical elements.
For now at least, the 52-year-old Prime Minister has ruled out military intervention, hoping the police can restore order without having to resort to martial law.
#10, 14:18: 25 police stations besieged by students. The murderer cop was member of a nazi group (?)
Thursday , December 11, 2008
Mainstream media report that 25 police stations are besieged across Athens, with heavy clashes at some. They also report that more than 4500 tear gas cannisters have been thrown by the police these days; their supplies are running out (!) and more are being ordered from abroad.
Fresh demonstrations have been called for Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras and many more cities this evening. Reports on indymedia this morning claim that Alexandros’ murderer was a member of the nazi group “Golden Dawn” in the late eighties/ early nineties (without cutting his ties since) and that his family was active in the nazi collaborationist forces.
This is the global civil war: IT IS THEIR WORLD…