Monday, 6 July 2015

Emphatic ‘No’ Prompts Greek Pride and Revelry

Greeks poured into Syntagma Square, which has been the site of many historic political demonstrations.In a festive mood, they streamed in from the subways, which have been free since the banks closed last week, by foot and by car, whistling, tooting horns and banging drums. As if by mass telepathy, they knew that Syntagma Square — Constitution Square — was the place to go. It was almost required of them, they said. Some wrapped themselves in Greek flags, while others sang traditional Greek protest songs — peaceful, happy and proud of their courage in sending a message to the rest of Europe that endless austerity would be a dead end.

There may be almost as many reasons that Greeks voted no as there are Greeks. But if there was a consistent theme among those celebrating, it was that they had taken as much suffering and humiliation as they could stand. Rejecting the endless demands of their European overlords for tax hikes and pension cuts, they said, became a matter of national dignity.

HENRY E. J Williams

Author & Editor

Has laoreet percipitur ad. Vide interesset in mei, no his legimus verterem. Et nostrum imperdiet appellantur usu, mnesarchum referrentur id vim.


Post a Comment