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TAKING A STAND – Greek Police Rise With Their People #OccupyPolice

ATHENS | Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:10am EST

Article Via (Reuters) – Greece’s largest police union has threatened to issue arrest warrants for officials from the country’s European Union and International Monetary Fund lenders for demanding deeply unpopular austerity measures.

In a letter obtained by Reuters Friday, the Federation of Greek Police accused the officials of “…blackmail, covertly abolishing or eroding democracy and national sovereignty” and said one target of its warrants would be the IMF’s top official for Greece, Poul Thomsen.

The threat is largely symbolic since legal experts say a judge must first authorize such warrants, but it shows the depth of anger against foreign lenders who have demanded drastic wage and pension cuts in exchange for funds to keep Greece afloat.

“Since you are continuing this destructive policy, we warn you that you cannot make us fight against our brothers. We refuse to stand against our parents, our brothers, our children or any citizen who protests and demands a change of policy,” said the union, which represents more than two-thirds of Greek policemen.

“We warn you that as legal representatives of Greek policemen, we will issue arrest warrants for a series of legal violations … such as blackmail, covertly abolishing or eroding democracy and national sovereignty.”

The letter was also addressed to the European Central Bank’s mission chief in Greece, Klaus Masuch, and the former European Commission chief inspector for Greece, Servaas Deroose.

Policemen have borne the brunt of the anger of massed protesters who frequently march to parliament and clash with police in riot gear. Chants of “Cops, pigs, murderers!” are regularly hurled at policemen or scribbled on walls.

Thousands turned out Friday for the latest protest in Athens, this time against new austerity measures that include a 22 percent cut in the minimum wage.

A police union official said the threat to ‘refuse to stand against’ fellow Greeks was a symbolic expression of solidarity and did not mean police would halt their efforts to stop protests getting out of hand.

(Reporting by Lila Chotzoglou, Writing by Deepa Babington, editing by Tim Pearce)

3 thoughts on “TAKING A STAND – Greek Police Rise With Their People #OccupyPolice

  1. J L Henager, III

    Here, the cradle of democracy presents a sterling example of what is possible when the corrupting influence of money and unrestrained governmental power is overcome, and people are able to see the face of the real enemy. Contrast the attitude of the Greek police with the blind obedience of police in many major U.S. cities, and the perversion of American democracy becomes painfully obvious. How did we get so far off the right path?

    • How were we not paying attention for so long that we here in the US have many members of the police abusing us, not standing with us, while OUR government has sold us to the highest bidder – Wall Street. I close my eyes and wish we could go back in time and take to the streets as the Greek people did today. Maybe its not too late but we will have to be brave soldiers, as they were, UNAFRAID of any personal consequences. That’s what being a warrior requires. I am now will to be that warrior.

  2. I applaud the people of Greece and salute their resolve. Governments have been held unaccountable for far too long in EVERY country, not just Greece, and this time around, people can’t rely on petitioning their local MPs or Senators, as they are as corrupt as the rest, or are blocked by the high and mighty in Parliament. The big banks of nearly every country have their respective governments on a payroll, and it’s to the detriment of the ordinary working populace and small business owners. Peoples money ends up offshore lining the “banksters” pockets and is not being returned to the community or national endeavours. The latest austerity measures are a short term fix to hold the Eurozone and the EU together, there is no long term advantage for Greece in this solution.

    They are taking the only action they know will be heard, and that is hitting the streets with mutiny in mind and weapons in hand. More countries should follow their example before it’s too late.

    I take my hat off to you, citizens of Greece. You are a standard for the 99% around the world who can’t afford to live comfortably or can’t find a job, while the 1% languishes in their mansions for very little work.

    Revolution is on it’s way, and as in the cinema film “300″, Greece will try to hold the ugly mass of corruption known as “government” and “banskters” at bay whilst awaiting the world to catch on.


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