“debt crisis” as such; rather, it constitutes a “dress re-hearsal” of the assault that the IMF and the big busi-ness interests, foreign and domestic, wish to actuateagainst the rights of workers and peoples of Europe.How else can we explain the privatization of all socialgoods, even of water supply, the surge of redundan-cies even in pro
table businesses, and the drastic re-ductions of minimum pensions?
But there is another Greece:that of resistance, solidarityand self-organization
It is quite well known that a mass movement of re-sistance has developed in Greece, against the IMF, theEU and the Greek government. Some characteristic“events” of this movement may be said to be the 15general strikes, the dozens of trade unions, the hun-dreds of occupations (some of which have been long-term) of workplaces, ministries, town halls and othercivic buildings, not to mention the “public square” ral-lies of spring/summer 2011, which brought togethermillions of people.Even though this movement failed to prevent theadoption of three successive austerity packages(Memos/Mnemonia), it undoubtedly played a centralrole in inhibiting the implementation of many meas-ures contained therein; it has also contributed to themassive decrease in the popularity of pre-austerityparties, and to the increasing instability of their coali-tion which currently governs Greece. Above all, how-ever, it precipitated the radicalisation of broad popu-lar movements, especially of the young. Probably themost important manifestation of people’s radicalisa-tion is the sharp rise of the Left in both the May andJune 2012 general elections.
“solidarity for all”
Alongside the overall resistant moodwhich marks large swathes of Greek people and migrants who live andwork in Greece, unprecedented move-ments and networks of practical/ac-tive solidarity have developed. Thesemovements/networks have a dual aim:
rstly, they aim to provide practical,immediate help to people, foreign anddomestic, who face problems of sur-vival; secondly, they aim to organizethose in need in order to satisfy theirown needs.Across Greece, from Crete in the southto Evros in the north, hundreds of so-cial clinics, pharmacies, doctors, sup-port networks, educational courses,social gatherings, centres of alternativeentertainment, co-operatives, collec-tive kitchens, collaborative structuresand legal aid centres, provide care forthe people, irrespective of nationalityor ethnic origin.This multifaceted social front bringstogether thousands of people nation-wide; without seeking to replace the