Hey Greece & Syria, Whitney Houston just died, can you stop rioting and murdering for like a day? sheesh
(BBC)–Tens of thousands protested in Athens, where there were widespread clashes and buildings were set on fire. Violent protests were reported in cities across the country. Protesters outside parliament threw stones and petrol bombs, and police responded with tear gas. Scores of police and protesters were injured. Prime Minister Lucas Papademos urged calm, insisting that the austerity package would “set the foundations for the reform and recovery of the economy”. The flames have died down and the debris has been cleared by Athens authorities now well versed in post-riot clean-ups. But anger is building here and another spark could unleash yet more fury. Eurozone leaders will breathe a sigh of relief that Greece has got over this latest hurdle and the Greek government will expect vital bailout funds to start flowing soon. But many ordinary people feel that their country took another leap towards breaking point last night. The big question is when the next crisis moment will come. Is this simply kicking the can further down the road, with Greece’s debt level remaining unsustainable in the long run? And will this country – will Europe – at some stage feel that the sacrifices Greece is making to stay in the euro are simply too great? “Vandalism, violence and destruction have no place in a democratic country and won’t be tolerated,” he said in a speech in parliament before the vote.The bill passed parliament easily as the two largest parties in the coalition – Pasok and New Democracy – account for more than two-thirds of the deputies.
The austerity measures include:
- 15,000 public-sector job cuts
- liberalisation of labour laws
- lowering the minimum wage by 20% from 751 euros a month to 600 euros
Eurozone ministers must now ratify the measures at a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday before bailout funds can be released.
Is nothing sacred anymore? Greece and Syria are so wrapped up in their own problems that they can’t even take the time to stop and reflect on Americans losing a music legend. It’s really disgusting. It seems like the news is more concerned with civil wars, murders, riots, and crumbling societies than losing the greatest singer of all time. I for one am sick and tired of worrying about every other country’s problems and want to just focus on us for once. Sing it Whitney…
Follow me @WindyCitiSports