I’ve seen a lot in my time and especially since I moved to Greece, it’s beauty however has recently been overshadowed by the incompetence, tyranny and corruption which now threatens to destroy it.
I sadly believe it’s been there for a long time, but recently it’s become a plague which has spiraled out of control. One which now threatens to take everyone with it as a result.
When I first came to Greece I was caught in the middle of Exarhia when the young boy got shot. That was the first time I ever saw a riot first hand and it wasn’t pretty.
When you see the pictures on TV they don’t give you a scale of the intensity, they don’t capture the air, the smell of the toxic chemicals pouring from the cars and buildings which are in some cases still ablaze, you don’t have to gasp for fresh air as the residue tear gas burns your eyes and causes in some cases vomiting and sickness, and when you walk down roads familiar to you, you struggle to recognise them as you tread on broken glass, marble and brick, dodging the mangled wreckage of overturned vehicles whilst at the same time trying to avoid harassment from the Police or become an accidental and unsuspecting target for rioters in mid throw.
Here tonight (again) the city went to war with itself, and still I wonder who won. I couldn’t understand why people choose to burn what is theirs and why people would take to the streets to fight and destroy what they live with until I moved here and experienced the Greek way of life.
It’s not a life in which people assume that all Greeks enjoy sipping their frappe’s by the beach all day, it’s not a life of riches and vain obsession with being lazy as I have seen them wrongly portrayed – It’s one of hardship, of several jobs and no security, of never being paid on time, of not knowing ‘when’ or ‘if’ you will actually get paid, and if your job will even exist next month, that’s the reality.
In summer it reaches 40 degrees here in Athens as with many places and if your workplace has no air conditioning I defy anyone to say that the heat won’t affect them, equally so in Winter, businesses aren’t like in Europe where Health and Safety cover your working conditions, they don’t in many cases exist.
Now Greeks feel like they are being screwed by Europe when the ‘Europe’ they as civilians signed up for never made it past the Politicians who had lied to get them there in the first place.
EU law isn’t implemented in Greece much, in fact I’d be so bold to say in many cases most Greeks don’t even know what should be in place and provided for by their Government, and few would even think that there is another life beyond the misery inflicted upon them by those guilty of bringing the Country to such a state anyway.
The salaries here are a joke, the conditions are poor and the fear in peoples eyes as they watch the news and read the papers is one of betrayal, of anger and of not knowing as they see another bunch of hypocritical leeches hanging the working class out to dry as they act with impunity, allowing furthermore the rich to get rich and the rest to waste away.
They have a word in Greece which describes the people who have led to this decline in infrastructure, the people who have and still do bleed this country dry, it’s ‘λαμόγιο‘, pronounced ‘Lamoiyo’.
This word represents a sector of society who have used and abused every opportunity to take all they can from us all. The Politicians, the businessmen the Government officials and corrupt civil servants who have taken everything and put nothing back, who lie and still run around like headless chickens waiting for the Virgin Mary to reappear and tell them how special they are.
Yes, they are special – anywhere else in the world they would be slowly going missing, one by one to strange and mysterious suicides. You know the type, ‘shot himself in the back of the head seventeen times’ or ‘buried himself alive’ scenarios…
Greece wouldn’t be borrowing money from Europe if it recovered just half of what people have stolen in just my time here, IT’D BE LENDING IT THEM!
Then there’s the resources and other exports which don’t get to have half a chance to get developed correctly as all the scum are fighting over them. If they can’t be in control and screw the system some more then they won’t let anyone else do it either so nothing ever stands to get done anymore.
I know this as I saw it first hand after being offered the chance to work for an ‘NGO’ here in Athens which was run by these ‘λαμόγιο‘.
The full story is covered within numerous posts on the blog as I still fight to help rid Greek society of scum such as these who have no shame in being two faced hypocrites as they steal from you all, but the sad reality is far worse.
The Greek C.D.C who were in charge of this farce, and who allow their staff to run bogus and non legal projects and who employ people who pretend to be Doctors, when confronted with the facts, the did nothing. First they refused vital information which they are obliged to give about their projects, then they employed the President who is masquerading as a Doctor full time. Fact.
Despite this one NGO being guilty of wasting taxpayers money, they still do nothing. So, here’s your problem Greece.
As they were happy to charge champagne and other luxuries on the system’s payroll, (technically EU and Greek taxpayers money), then surely it’s easy enough to charge for a little rope and be rid of the problem once and for all…?!
This can be said of thousands of other institutions, businesses and other Government run projects which have been guilty of throwing funding to halfwit con-men who have now bled us dry.
Some of what you see and hear is understandable, much defies belief however it’s only when you’ve lived somewhere and tapped the surface that you come to understand the way of life and why the people are what they are.
After four years of living here you have little else to do than get mad as nothing seems to be recognised by the people who can and should do something.
I haven’t taken to throwing petrol bombs at people and to ripping the city down but I understand what makes people so mad that they would.
My only suggestion would be to throw them where it counts…
This next picture was featured online and says it all :
Days before Greece is due to sign the bailout package and as the city is on fire as panic spreads through the Country, Politicians sit watching the football.
“One bullet, a good scope and a high powered rifle are all you need to make an impact in Politics…”
To be continued…