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Greece: Residents Revolt Against Financial Police

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- SYRIZA MP Rena Dourou requested that members of SYRIZA withhold making public statements regarding their personal views about the economy. This came after statements were made by SYRIZA MP Panagiotis Lafazani, who said, "The bankruptcy is not necessarily destructive. It is a weapon of the weak. When they reach the point they cannot pay their debts, we must not appear as bogeyman."

Dimitris Stratoula, SYRIZA MP, intervened in the "discussion,' calling Lafazanis's statement "obvious.' If SYRIZA were elected, he said, they would have terminated the Memorandum. And if lenders continued toblackmail the Greek government, "then we would stop paying the debt."

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In an interview on NET radio, Ms. Dourou stated that MPs have many struggles behind them and should not antagonize citizens with too much debt. These kinds of statements serve to aggravate the situation and appear as self-promotion, rather than as an attempt to collectively formulate an alternative."


- In a letter to the "social partners" on July 31, Labor Minister J. Vroutsis wrote, "Assuming hypothetically that all employers' organizations agree to an increase in the minimum wage from 586 to 701 million -- an increase of 19.62% -- then you could alternatively, instead of increasing the minimum wage, hire one worker for every five employed today. At this juncture, it would be much more effective."

Vroutis's statement comes in response to the proposal of employer-capitalist organizations to increase the minimum wage and lower other wages somewhere between the level they were before the Troika's "intervention' -- an overall reduction of 22% and 32% for youth under the age of 25.

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This, of course, is theater. The capitalists are playing the role of the generous benefactors while the Minister of Labor happily plays the role of villain. The capitalists pretend they are willing to increase basic wages, but the Minister of Labor is opposed. Clearly, Vroutsis is acting as an agent of the capitalists, doing their dirty work for them.


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