[February 12, 2012 at 10.40] The unelected government succeeded in passing the second Memorandum. They will never succeed though in enforcing the dictatorship of the Market. The struggle goes on.
[February 12, 2012 at 10.17] PM Papadimos describes what is going to happen if the Memorandum fails to be voted:
“And there was a great earthquake. The sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became as blood. The stars of the sky fell to the earth, like a fig tree dropping its unripe figs when it is shaken by a great wind. The sky was removed like a scroll when it is rolled up. Every mountain and island were moved out of their places. The kings of the earth, the princes, the commanding officers, the rich, the strong, and every slave and free person, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains.” Book of Revelation
[February 12, 2012 at 10.00] Volos: people occupy the municipality building and the tax office building burning tax archives
[February 12, 2012 at 9.20] Update from Parliamentary discussions. The coalition government is in panic . MP Protopapas just spoke about the “danger of elections” .
[February 12, 2012 at 9.09] Extreme police brutality against protesters in Thessaloniki. Despite that, demonstrations continue.
[February 12, 2012 at 8. 32] Just another ridiculous attempt by the ex-prime minister Papandreou to justify PASOK policies.
[February 12, 2012 at 8. 13] Despite police attempts to evacuate Syntagma people keep returning.
[February 12, 2012 at 8. 00] Extensive use of teargas once again in a police attempt to evacuate Syntagma Square. Protesters injured after police attack downtown hotel, where they had retreated.
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[February 12, 2012 at 7. 30] Massive teargas in Thessaloniki.
[February 12, 2012 at 7.25 pm] In Herakleio (Crete) 30.000 people protested against austerity measures.
[February 12, 2012 at 7.17 pm] Greek media report for 13 injured protesters.
[February 12, 2012 at 7.12 pm] Former Minister(2009-2011) of PASOK Louka Katseli just realized that the Memorandum was not necessary. Surprisingly quick reflexes.
[February 12, 2012 at 7.00 pm] Despite police violence more than 30.000 people remain at Amalias Av.
[February 12, 2012 at 6.13 pm] Minister of finance terrifies people threatening for default and exit from Eurozone in case that austerity package is not voted for. Poilice violently attacks protesters in Ermou Street. Riot police collects and throws stones!
[February 12, 2012 at 5.54 pm] People persist and return once again to Syntagma Square.
[February 12, 2012 at 5.45 pm] Mikis Theodorakis says “They are voting for the death of Greece. We have won against the Nazis, we have won against the dictatorship and we will win this time too”
[February 12, 2012 at 5.30 pm] Mainstream greek TV media totally ignore what is happening downtown by continuing their normal programmes. Freedom of the press at its best moments.
[February 12, 2012 at 5. 28 pm] Syntagma Square is full again. Things seem to calm down in front of the Parliament.
[February 12, 2012 at 5.25 pm] Barricades in all streets around Parliament. Riot police are trying to dissipate protesters gathered nearby the Square.
[February 12, 2012 at 5.20 pm] Barricades in Panemistimiou Street. Riot police are throwing stones to the protesters.
[February 12, 2012 at 5.16 pm] In one of the largest demonstrations in Thessaloniki 20.000 people protest against austerity.
[February 12, 2012 at 5.05pm] Two injured protesters carried away by ambulances. A third ambulance approaches the Square.
[February 12, 2012 at 5.02 pm] Protesters attack police with “do-it-yourself” firework-rockets. Roads leading to Syntagma are blocked by the police to prevent people from returning.
[February 12, 2012 at 4.53 pm] Only a few MPs that support the government are present in the parliamentary procedure and even fewer dare to expressly support the second memorandum.
[February 12, 2012 at 4.53 pm] MPs of SYRIZA, KKE and independent MPs asked for a voting as for the constitutionality of the 2nd memorandum. President of Parliament (member of PASOK) denied the counting of votes. Dritsas, Lafazanis (MPs of SYRIZA) denounced riot police’s brutallity. Dritsas raised the issue of the application of english legal framework to the loans of Greece.
[February 12, 2012 at 4.43 pm] All tube stations nearby closed. But people gather together at Stadiou Street refusing to leave.
[February 12, 2012 at 4. 36 pm] PAME (Communist Party’s unionists) are heading to Syntagma Square.
[February 12, 2012 at 4. 27 pm] People massively return to Syntagma Square despite asphyxiating conditions.
[February 12, 2012 at 4. 23 pm] Greek newspapers report that police have orders to evacuate Syntagma Square.
[February 12, 2012 at 4. 17 pm] Ten minutes ago Theodorakis and Glezos were attacked by the police with teargas. Glezos comments from Parliament’s first aid centre :” They have no idea what the greek people’s uprising means”
[February 12, 2012 at 4. 10 pm] MP Protopappas (PASOK) responds that the true danger to protesters are the molotov-bombs and stone and not police violence. No comments.
[February 12, 2012 at 4.05 pm] MP Lafazanis (Coalition of radical left) calls for police to immediately stop teargas-war.
[February 12, 2012 at 4.00 pm ] All streets leading to Parliament full of people heading to Syntagma Square.
[February 12, 2012 at 3.54] Clashes between police and protesters in front of the Parliament. Police uses stunning grenades.
[February 12, 2012 at 3.42 pm] Police attack protesters with teargas and batons. People try to gather again
[February 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm] : The request for the memorandum to be deemed unconstitutional from the members of the left parties was rejected by the members of the parliament of the two big parties (PASOK, ND). People in Syntagma Square (Athens) keep gathering. More than 20000 are gathered until now.
[February 12, 2012 at 2:23 pm] : Now in Trafalgar Square, London is taking place solidarity demonstration for the Greek people who are fighting for decent working conditions and to win back their future.
GLR will provide live coverage of the demonstrations in Greece against the new austerity measures