notes & photologues

Riots and Anarchism in Athens (Dec 6 2008)

35 years of Optimism... 35 years of "democratic" governments dominated by nepotism,
favoritism, insider dealing and corruption scandals. 35 years of deteriorating social services
and a declining education system alongside the radical and religious conservatism (re)producing
idle and corrupted citizens, anarchists, junkies and groups of marginalized people. 35 years of
people shouting for a change but in fact entrenching the debauchery deeper with their very own
votes, lifestyles and neglected / spoilt children born within an environment with no prospects, no
basic planning and no aspirations for the future. 35 years of non-existent intelligentsia alongside
the dominance of guided media, TV trash and trash deliberations, lifestyle marketing, consumption
fetishism in both the middle-aged & younger generations. 35 years of poorly selecting, poorly
training, poorly treating and poorly rewarding the Police Force. 35 years of academic institutions
providing asylum to anarchism and petty crime while apathetic political parties, the justice system,
academic communities and student unions have all been idle and useless bystanders. 35 years
with anarchism being the most active but destructive reaction to the total stagnation and debauchery
of the socio political scene. 35 years after the transition from the Colonels' dictatorship to the
unlimited freedom of the so called revolutionary "polytechnic generation" that became the current
middle aged politicians and also the parents of the rioting youngsters in Greece. 35 years of
uncontrolled liberalization and petty politics inflating the bubble of social optimism for a brighter
future that never arrives. 35 years after the first riot at the technical university of Athens against
the military junta, the bubble of the well hatched self-destructive optimism bursts out … and the day
after will be neither trivial nor brighter ...

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