These are the words and photos of KONSTANTINOS LIAKOS, a Greek man who wants us to know of his experiences of the crises in Greece.
As a Greek 30 year old man living in Athens, I believe I hold a unique perspective on the current situation. I have been unemployed for 2 years despite studying Mathematics at the National University of Athens, and can’t see that changing anytime soon. As I live in Athens I recently participated in the protests of February 2012. I protested, not only to express my disagreement with the new measures and anger towards the politicians and political system, but also to record these protests through my eyes and see the difference to what the media in Greece presents.
Yes! Hurray! The second rescue package for Greece has been approved! Thousands of Greeks are gathering in central squares to celebrate and cheer for it. Maybe it could be presented like that from the various media outlets which, in reality, serve other interests other than those of the people.
Salaries are freefalling and every day more people become unemployed while prices remain high. You see people lining up for for meals; anything for a plate full of food. The ones who don’t manage to get one are searching the dustbins for anything useful, maybe something half eaten, some oil, some clothes. One would expect that politicians, in rough times like these, would stand by the side of the citizens, would step forward and be an example. However, it seems that their world is far away from ours and either our screaming is not reaching their ears or our language sounds alien to them due to the distance of our two worlds.
The squares are filled up with people, but not because Greece is saved. People are gathering there due to the poverty and increasing anger towards those who decide for the people without the people. They have destroyed the present and seem to be in the process of creating an even worse future. Thousands of citizens, like my mother, their father, our friends, the family next door… everyone is there, protesting for me who is also protesting for them.
For those staying at home and watching from their TV sets, the situation is totally different. In the squares are gathered only a few “bad boys” with no aim but to rage and destroying everything. The only thing that the media pays attention to is the destructive manner of a few, and not the peaceful protesting of the many.
Yes, the Eurozone has approved the second rescue package. Greeks, you should be grateful! You should be grateful for the coming slew of salary reductions and the cost cutting measures!
The squares will be filled with people again. People who won’t be celebrating, but protesting and fighting!
The situation is only going to get worse for Greece and its citizens, that is for certain. At least through this crisis, Greeks have been given a great opportunity to wake up. The power is in the hands of the people—they are the ones that vote and elect their government. And in that, perhaps there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Most of the younger generations, and quite a few of elderly people, have lost trust in the major political parties and are thinking of voting for smaller parties that are mostly against the IMF (International Monetary Fund). What the next elections hold will be a big surprise. Let’s hope that they give a good shake to the political system and politicians, so they will start thinking, not about their own profit, but the betterment of the country and its people as a whole.