“Loukanikos” internationally known as the “Riot Dog” passed away today in Athens at the age of 10. His health was adversely affected by police asphyxiating gas and from being kicked from policemen in various riots, forcing him to “retire” from active protest about two years ago.
“He was on the couch sleeping, when suddenly his heart stopped beating”.
Anarchists attack the riot police outside the greek parliament
(Athens, Greece – General Strike, 17 May 2017)
“We won’t live like slaves - The only lost battles are the ones that they have not been given”.
On Wednesday 17 May 2017 thousands of people joined the general strike protests all over Greece, against the new harsh financial measures of 4.9 billion euros incorporated in the 4th Memorandum signed by the greek government, aimed once again against the lower income classes rather, than the banks and the wealthy.
The self proclaimed left government of SYRIZA in co-operation with the right wing party of ANEL have unleashed a new class war, this time specifically aimed against people with disability and pensioners that have worked all their lives and paid their share under the false notion -as it seems- that during the time when they will be most vulnerable, they would have free public health services and subsidies that would help them get by. On the contrary after 23(!) severe cuts in pensions and allowances during the 8 years of the financial crisis in Greece (amounting to more than 50 billion euros in pension and allowances cuts during the last 7 years), that has forced people to live like beggars, a further 18% cut will be imposed on pensions under the 4th Memorandum being voted in the greek parliament these days and a “freezing” of even the slightest raise in pensions until 2022.
Ans as if a life with no future wasn’t enough, the streets of Athens have been filled with thousands of riot policemen to impose fear on people daring to protest during the general strike of 17 May 2017. Thus, during the protest in Athens anarchists attacked the riot police brigades in Syntagma Square around the greek parliament, whilst inside politicians were discussing the new harsh financial measures to be imposed on the people, without the people. More protests will take place tomorrow 18 May during the voting of the measures in the greek parliament.
A petrol bomb explodes next to a riot police officer during clashes with anarchists following the seven-year anniversary rally marking the police shooting of 15-year-old student, Alexandros Grigoropoulos, in Athens, Greece. The teen’s death in 2008 prompted the most intense riots that Greece had seen in decades. ALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS/REUTERS