From:   Doug Singsen <dougsingsen@gmail.com>
Sent time:   Monday, October 31, 2011 11:32:15 PM
To:   september17 <september17@googlegroups.com>; labor-outreach-committee <labor-outreach-committee@googlegroups.com>
Subject:   [september17discuss] General strike in Greece
 

This is a couple weeks old, but the recent general strike in Greece was AMAZING. It was like OWS on steroids (in a good way). This is an interview with Panos Petrou of Internationalist Workers Left (DEA).

http://socialistworker.org/2011/10/20/workers-power-in-greece

Some highlights:

The most striking example of workers' militancy is the widespread use of the occupation as a weapon, especially in administrative buildings. Workers in different government ministries have launched a series of takeovers in ministry buildings. Other important government facilities or public enterprises like the public water company have also been occupied at some point during the past weeks, and the "virus" is spreading: Two major hospitals in Athens are now occupied by their staffs.

This wave of occupations is so strong that right-wing commentators in the newspapers claim that "this is a revolution against the state." Of course, we are far from that, but it shows the panic of the ruling class if such forms of struggle are becoming the norm.

At the same time, a mood of resistance and a sense of solidarity are both growing. Hundreds of high schools are occupied. When the government threatened students that police would break any occupation and arrest them all, the Federation of Secondary Education Teachers decided to call a three-hour stoppage in whatever schools the police enter, and parents associations are starting a "Hands off our kids" campaign.

The government has implemented a new fee for anyone who wants to be examined in a public hospital--but doctors and nurses in the occupied hospitals refuse to collect this increase.

University teachers decided that they would refuse to implement a new law on public education that provoked a wave of student occupations last month.

On another front, the government threatened that it would cut electricity to anyone who refuses to pay a new tax on utilities. In response, the electricity workers' union occupied the facility where electric bills are printed--when police threatened to evict the workers, hundreds of people gathered on short notice to protect the occupation.

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