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Referendum Now

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou announced minutes ago that he will proceed to a referendum on the new bailout plan that was agreed in the recent EU Summit Meeting. He will before ask for a vote of confidence, probably tomorrow, from the Greek Parliament. His decision aims to stop the internal PASOK resentment.

To understand the seriousness of the move, one needs only to reckon what will happen if the outcome of the referendum is negative.

A negative vote (i.e. a rejection of the current bail out plan) will certainly mean that we will have General elections to chose a new government with a new plan.

It is the second referendum taking place in Greece since 1974 when Greeks were called to approve or disapprove the Greek Monarchy.

George Papandreou also suggested a reform of the Greek Constitution and asked that, in the next General election, the political parties should commit to a common program of reforms. This will probably look like the Portuguese elections in June 2011 where the socialists and the righ-wing parties competed on who is the best to implement the same package of EU dictated measures.

Graffiti in Athens 03

I have recently come across this stencil. I wouldn’t call it a great job, I think there are too many logos involved in the sprayed chaos.

The logos destructed by the symbol of Anarchy represent (clockwise beginning from top) the IMF, the Euro, the right-wing New Democracy party, the socialist PASOK party and the EU’s stars.

It reminded me of another stencil I have photographed some months ago. It also used the logo of the ruling PASOK party. It’s a kid peeing on the green sun.

The interesting part is the history behind the kid’s gesture. Some 30 years ago, Spyros Ornerakis, now a veteran cartoonist, has drawn a kid peeing on a crown. It symbolized the rejection of monarchy in Greece right after the 1967-74 military dictatorship.

Spyros Ornerakis now runs a school for people who want to study cartoons. When I googled it I stumbled upon a video made by the children’s department. It’s titled “The fall of Mr. IMF”.