Journey to Greek social resistance

By Iolanda Fresnillo Citizen Debt Audit Platform Spain (PACD Bcn) [Link Castellano] Desperate people queuing for food or stone and Molotov cocktail wars against asphyxiating gas. These are some of the most common images that come from Greece. But reality is kaleidoscopic and changes depending on where you look. On the streets of Athens and…

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The future is emerging

Nick Dearden, Jubilee Debt Campaign UK In the centre of Athens, the depth of the crisis can now be measured by the number of homeless people sitting and sleeping on every block. These are the victims of the financiers and politicians of Europe; the ‘collateral damage’, as they are undoubtedly seen, of the policies of austerity.…

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The Terrifying Rise of the Far-Right

Nick Dearden, Jubilee Debt Campaign UK High school teacher Costas was late for a meeting we’d planned because a student of immigrant parents had been abused by two Greek students with a history of racist activities. “This sort of thing is new” he explained to us. “Of course we had some incidents before, but now…

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Nuestra pesadilla hoy puede ser la vuestra mañana [Spa]

Iolanda Fresnillo, Plataforma Auditoría Ciudadana de la Deuda – PACD (Spain) La crisis y la austeridad no toca a todos por igual. Resulta evidente a los ojos de todas que los grupos más vulnerables tienen mayores dificultades para afrontar la desaparición de derechos sociales y de fuentes de ingreso. Las mujeres se encuentran en mayor…

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‘Shame is our biggest enemy’

Nick Dearden, Jubilee Debt Campaign UK We woke up to find the Bulgarian Government had fallen, after trying to impose exactly the sort of austerity programmes being witnessed right across Europe. In a country with the lowest wages in Europe, the recent privatisation of energy caused prices to rocket, leaving some families spending the majority…

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Life and Debt in Thessaloniki

Nick Dearden, Jubilee Debt Campaign UK We met three people today who summed up the depth of the crisis being experienced by Greek people, but also the courageous attempts to build a new, more democratic society. I had to pinch myself to remember I was in Europe, the stories are so familiar – but from…

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It couldn’t happen in Ecuador

Nick Dearden, Jubilee Debt Campaign UK Groups like Jubilee which have worked on ‘Third World Debt’ have campaigned against illegitimate debt for many years. Debt resulting from the sales of weapons to some of the late twentieth century’s most horrific regimes; from vanity projects built by dictators; and debt payments which impoverish millions of people…

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Bailing out the Oligarchs

Nick Dearden, Jubilee Debt Campaign UK We are on a fact-finding mission to Greece with people from Spain, Italy, Belgium, Cyprus, Macedonia, Ireland, Portugal and Germany. We want to examine the depth of the debt crisis on the people of Greece and to learn more about the means people are using to rebuild their communities…

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