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Obedience to the Troika -- the Contract of Death for the People of Greece

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Their slogan reads: WE ARE TAKING OUR DESTINY IN OUR OWN HANDS EVERYWHERE

- Wednesday at 7 p.m., an anti-fascist rally and march was held in the Central Square in the city of Agrinio,located in the western part of Greece, about 200 km. west of Athens.

The slogan for the rally: FASCISM FIRST COMES FOR OTHERS AND THEN IT COMES FOR EVERYONE

This is an open rally for everyone. We must remember that we can manage if we are in solidarity and work together. We should meet at the Square instead of at the Receiver of Revenue.

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Executing the Contract of Death for the People of Greece

In Athens at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Prime Minister Samaras and his co-conspirators, the President of PASOK and the President of Tourism Services, met to discuss where to slash --11.5 billion (plus an immediate and additional --3 billion) from the budget, to be presented to the Troika and lenders.

The three "leaders' received recommendations from the Minister of Finance, John Stournaras, which included his proposals for cuts spanning the next two years 2013-2014, as per agreement at the Eurogroup meeting of Finance Ministers.

The government-of-the-regime is anxious to obediently present a proposal to the Troika. However, according to sources, an agreement was reached on only --5.5 billion, pending the search for another --6 billion.

The angry, the bad and the willing

Press reports indicate that Samaras expressed anger towards his ministers for their failure to come to an agreement on making the "necessary' cutbacks. His attempts to blame his co-conspirators fall flat, when it is obvious that these policies and the recession are driving the economy even deeper into the spiral of collapse. The unfair cuts are clearly not a solution, but instead aggravate the problems.

In a radio interview yesterday, Papandreou and Venizelos admitted that it is very difficult, almost impossible, to find --11.5 billion in budget cuts for 2013 and 2014. Greece must also pay  an additional --3 billion immediately, a whim demanded by the Eurogroup at a meeting in Brussels earlier this month. Venizelos further expressed his frustrations over the Troka's negative predictions of a long and deep recession for Greece. Why is he frustrated? Could it be because he is trying to sell a very different fairy tale to the Greek people? A fairy tale where social spending cuts create growth instead of a deep recession and a humanitarian crisis?

It seems that in this public relations game, the PASOK leader plays the role of being hard and realistic, while the Tourism Services has chosen the role of a diligent student" supporting each option of the Minister of Finance.

And in the background" new measures

In addition to the 2013 and 2014 cuts, even more austerity measures are being considered for the 2012 budget. The IMF wants to hedge the risks of a projected --2 billion deficit instead of mitigating the humanitarian catastrophe triggered by its policies.

Therefore, the Treasury will leave all options open for both horizontal cuts in wages and new measures in 2012.

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