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Sunday, 5 July 2015

A victim of "Austerity". An elderly man, sitting on the ground outside a bank.

Greece debt crisis: The cost to pensioners

 It is a scene that speaks of suffering and exhaustion,

An elderly man is crying outside a national bank branch as pensioners queue to get their pensions, with a limit of 120 euros, in Thessaloniki on 3 July, 2015.
One man crying outside a bank in Thessaloniki.

The blatant campaign and propaganda across Europe and elsewhere, in the press, television and other media (sadly even parts of Al Jazeera) in favour of the "Yes" campaign in Greece, may result in a victory for those who support the IMF, Brussels, the European Central Bank and European Commission and the imposition of even more and harsher austerity, to support a Greek debt, which everyone now accepts, is totally unsustainable. It has even been suggested that the Greek government of Alexis Tsipras, should be removed and replaced by a team of "technocrats" appointed by Brussels to "steer Greece through the current crisis".
Democracy has no place in the offices of the autocrats governing Europe. Regime change in Greece has been the objective since Syriza first formed a government less than 12 months ago. The images emerging from Greece of ordinary people, pensioners, sick, unemployed, and others enduring the effects of the current austerity and for the additional measure to come, will become even more distressing in the weeks and months to come. Regrettably, such scenes and worse will be repeated in towns and cities across Europe. In Italy, Portugal and even here in the UK the "Austerity experiment" has failed and ordinary people are paying the price. Only Brussels, the Conservative government, and it seems some parts of the current Labour Party insist that more of the same is not only essential but is also desirable.
Should the people of Greece succumb to the threats, blackmail lies and distortions from Brussels and the IMF, and vote Yes in today's referendum, then we may expect to see scenes even more harrowing than those appearing to date on our television screens and in the press. It will be the people, as usual, who will pay the price.