Greece’s EU bailout may be regarded as a done deal in Brussels, but people in Athens opposed to new austerity measures that come with it are keeping pressure on their politicians.
The latest demonstration in the Greek capital came as eurozone finance ministers were preparing to approve the agreement. It will give 130 billion euros to Greece to avert bankrupcty.
But the leader of the newly created ReCreate Greece momement leader thinks nothing will change. Speaking at the protest outside the Greek parliament he said: “Greece’s problem isn’t debt, it’s the mechanism that creates it.” Even if Greece’s creditors accepted a 100 percent loss, he said, “the corrupt, parastic political system” would stay the same.
A woman taking part in the demonstration said:
“Even if we weren’t workers we’d still be protesting, because our children are unemployed, because they are always torturing us. How can we live off 500 euros.”
The political landscape may change after elections due in April, but the main parties are commited to implementing the tough cutbacks demanded by Brussels. So, a change at the top is unlikely to bring any relief for those at the bottom in Greece.