On September 11, 1973, the sun was shining over Santiago, Chile. But the radio station was broadcasting that it was raining. This announcement was repeated and it was something that puzzled the citizens. It was later disclosed that the obviously weird message was actually a code that was announced via radio in order to signal the overthrow of the Allende government. A political storm followed…
It’s raining over Athens today. Really. I think it is one of the moodiest, more numb days I had in years. There is such a huge disappointment after yesterday’s vote. A three party government managed to collect 153 votes (they needed 151 for a majority) to pass a multi-billion euro set of austerity measures that are missing the most important element: growth. The minimum legitimisation for the most significant of bills.
Last night, the rain and tear gases have convinced the protesters to leave the center. There was a very well organised plan by the police forces to push peaceful protesters away. I left the square to find a place to breathe and on my way back I was stopped and was forbidden to pass. I showed my press card and explained that I have to return to the square to report. It didn’t mean anything to them. Police units blocked streets leading to the square in front of the Parliament and were turning people away. It’s these small things that cameras don’t show but make a big difference for people on the ground. I felt, to put it bluntly, that Greek citizens have been deprived of the right to demonstrate peacefully for as much as they want.
Today’s weather suits my numb mood. The grey sky sets a perfectly matched setting for what is to come. I thought of translating some of today’s newspapers, as I always do on important days, but I felt it was meaningless. So i’m only posting this, it’s from the front page of Ta Nea newspaper.
No strange messages were announced today by radio in Athens.