Saturday, August 30, 2008

The revolution will not be televised. More on our 6pm bulletin.

In less than a week there will be a protest rally to mark the arrival of the prime minister of Greece, Kostas Karamanlis to open the annual trade fair here in Thessaloniki. He is guaranteed a "warm reception" by trade unionist and many other groups unhappy with the New Democracy administration's handling of the economy. Unemployment, rising prices, stagnant wages combined with this weeks swingeing tax hikes means that the only people happy to see Karamanlis in the city will be the cops looking to boost their overtime bonuses.

It's almost a year since Greece's finest kicked the crap out of me for taking pictures (click here) during last year's peaceful march. Lesson learned. This time I'll have my running shoes on.


Panos said...

For as far as I can remember, every year, come September the unions would always protest along with anyone else, be it good or bad the government...oh well, more people to end up at the hospitals again. Just make sure you're not one of them.

teacher dude said...

Too true, Pano. Still, it makes for a great photo - op. This year I'm a little older, a little wiser and a lot warier of the police.