Athens still in fire

Greek police fired teargas to disperse anti-austerity protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs on Thursday (Oct 18) on the day of a general strike that brought much of the near-bankrupt country to a standstill.

It was the second time in three weeks that Greek workers had walked off the job, with Thursday’s strike aimed at showing EU leaders meeting in Brussels that new wage and pension cuts will only worsen their plight after five years of recession.

More than 30,000 protesters gathered in central Athens as most business and public sector activity ground to a halt at the start of the 24-hour strike called by the country’s two biggest labour unions, ADEDY and GSEE.

Tensions mounted when protesters began throwing pieces of marble, bottles and petrol bombs at police guarding parliament, prompting riot police to fire several rounds of teargas to disperse them. Police said 52 people were detained. A 65-year old protester died of a heart attack, hospital sources told Reuters. Another three people were injured.

Greece is stuck in its worst downturn since World War Two and must make at least 11.5 billion euros of cuts to satisfy the “troika” of the European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF, and secure the next tranche of a 130-billion-euro bailout.

European Union leaders will try to bridge their differences over plans for a banking union at a two-day summit which starts on Thursday. No substantial decisions are expected, reviving concerns about complacency in tackling the debt crisis which exploded three years ago in Greece.

The strike emptied streets and offices in Athens. Ships stayed in port, Athens public transport was disrupted and hospitals were working with emergency staff, while public offices, ministries, bakeries and other shops were shut. Newspaper kiosk owners, lawyers, taxi drivers and air traffic controllers were among those protesting over the cuts, which include further drastic reductions in welfare and health spending.

Opinion polls show rising anger with the terms of the bailout keeping the economy afloat, and Greeks becoming increasingly pessimistic about their country’s future. But with Greece due to run out of money next month, Athens has little choice but to push through the austerity package being discussed with lenders.

Greece and inspectors from the troika say they have agreed on most issues. Athens is expected to secure aid needed to avoid bankruptcy given EU determination to avoid fresh market turmoil threatening bigger economies such as Spain and Italy.

Thanks LevantTV for the video

Protests Notre Dame des Landes

Anti-airport protesters face French riot gendarmes after the evacuation operation of their squatted houses on the land that will become the new airport in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, western France

===On the evictions and current resistance===

The ZAD – Zone

Occupy LA – “Breaking The Law”

Here’s another look at our version of “Breaking The Law” with a decidedly more serious tone. We had started kicking around ideas about this time last year looking for a direction to take the video in. I think what we came up with and what we finally created was amazing considering the time and the budget we had to work with. Many thanks again to everyone who participated!

One of the ideas we had that we didn’t get a chance to follow thru on was one of a more, socially conscious approach. And when the protests started happening down Los Angeles City Hall we thought we should take a closer look. Ian our illustrious drummer and fearless scout visited the “Occupy Movement” on two different occasions and brought back a sack of photos. Unfortunately… before we could get the ball rolling, the LAPD rolled out the “un-welcome” wagon and kicked the demonstrators to the curb.

It’s been a long time coming… but with this being an Election year and the Anniversary of Occupy Los Angeles still upon us, we thought we’d release another video taking a look back at what was… as we all now wonder what is and what this upcoming year’s going to bring.

Feel free to comment or question anything…
We will!

Thanks swamilushbeard for the video