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The Current and Ongoing Humanitarian Crisis in Greece

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StopCartel TV broadcasts live from Athens, Greece on weeknights @ 10pm Athens time. The following post is a loose transcript from the July 9, 2012 broadcast.

- On Sunday evening, StopCartel broadcasted LIVE from Syntagma Square during the confidence vote in Parliament. Unfortunately, there was not a huge gathering in the square, but it did give StopCartel the opportunity to reflect on what was happening there a year ago.

From 22 May to the end of November, StopCartel broadcasted LIVE from Syntagma Square daily, reporting on the events, activities, and protests organized by OccupySyntagmaSquare.

StopCartel was also there recording the brutal attacks by the rioting police against the Greek citizens who were gathered in the Square to exercise their right to protest against the Memorandum, austerity measures, and the attack against their lives.

One year later, things are even worse than before. There is a current and ongoing humanitarian crisis in Greece.


- On Sunday, there were two suicides and one suicide attempt.

In Preveza, a city in the northwestern region of Greece, a man climbed a very tall tree and threatened to jump to his death due to extreme financial problems. In the end, he could not go through with it.

Tragically, over the weekend, suicide claimed two more victims. A 42-year-old man hanged himself, and in a small town on the Island of Evia, another 40-year-old man shot and killed himself. Both men ended their lives in order to escape the suffering caused by extreme economic problems.


- In Peristeri, a suburb 6 km. west of Athens, a free Socio-Medical Out-Patient Clinic is being initiated. StopCartel is organizing an ongoing medication drive to help supply the clinic, to enable it to offer free prescription drugs to its patients. Over the weekend, StopCartel received the first donation from friends in Belgium. Thank you, Belgium!


- While the government-of-the-regime discusses the best way to serve the interests of their masters, some EU officials have been loud and clear about their unwillingness to accept any changes in the Faustian pact they made with corrupt Greek politicians.

- Nikos Nikolopoulos has resigned from his post as Deputy Labor Minister, in protest of Antonis Samaras's refusal to renegotiate changes to the Memorandum with the Troika, despite his campaign promise to do so. Nikolopoulos's resignation is an early blow to the newly formed government. The resignation came just hours after a vote of confidence was won.

Nikolopoulos released an official statement explaining why he resigned:

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