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Is Athens Flu Catching?

There is speculation riots by Greek youth against their nation’s corrupt politics may spread to other European nations. Yesterday, young Athens demonstrators spray-painted two slogans on the French Institute which said: “Spark in Athens. Fire in France. Insurrection is coming.” the other said: “france, greece, uprising everywhere.” The Greek riots may be picked up by modern forms of youth communication such as the Internet or Facebook or MySpace in order t spur youth to rebel against all forms of authority. For two weeks, Greek youngsters have been engaged in an orgy of rioting and destruction which has evolved from anger over the death of a fifteen year old boy into general mayhem.

Youngsters are protesting against a corrupt government, and against attempts to institute changes in an education system which has scant meaning to contemporary students. In a sense, the students reject change and are protesting in order to maintain the status quo even though they dislike the status quo.

France has all the ingredients for a riot. Students are not pleased with the current political system, they don’t like the university system, they don’t like globalism and they recognize their are deep seated problems in dealing with multicultural groups. European youth want change but oppose change. In a sense, they are rootless and without a vision about the future.

Riots Galore Continue In Greece

Twelve days of riots have wracked Greece as thousands of students continue their protest against what initially was anger over the death of a fifteen year old killed by a policeman, but it is now not quite clear exactly what students seek other than continuation of riots. Protestors hung two huge banners across the Acropolis which urged “Resistance.” It is becoming increasingly clear students are engaged in creating a sense of anarchy. The rampage through Athens which destroyed hundreds of shops and smashed banks represents something deeper than the death of a boy. We are witnessing a generation which has lost faith in the intelligence or capacity of elders to create societies based on human justice and equity. The enormous growth of wealth among those on top of society has angered young people.

One group battered their way into a TV studio which was broadcasting the prime minister’s speech to urge youth to take to the streets, “stop watching, get out onto the streets.” And, “free everyone who has been arrested.” The anarchists do not have any concrete plans to build a just society, they simply know what drives them to distraction. In a sense, the inability of youth to articulate a future is no different than adults who are stumbling in confusion on how to fix broken economies.

Youth Riots Sweep Greece

A boy was shot by two policemen under circumstances that are still unclear. It is not unusual for police to shoot teenagers, but the shooting several days ago unleashed a storm of anger on the part of Greek youth. LIn an outpouring of rage across Athens, high school and university students joined self styled anarchists in throwing everything from fruit and rocks to Molotov cocktails as fires swept through the city. “Cops! Pigs! Murderers! shouted infuriated teenagers in their desire to wreck mayhem on the nation’s establishment. It is apparent their anger is not merely about the dead fifteen year old, but at the entire government which many regard as incompetent and corrupt. Dozens of shops, banks, and luxury hotels had their windows smashed and burned as students also looted stores including gun shops.

Prime Minister Karamanlis pleased for peace with youth of his nation, but they are upset at everything represented by the current government. Undoubtedly, this anger also reflects confusion and bewilderment at the economic crisis which has impacted the western world. Millions have watched their savings impacted by decisions of those who represent the power of money, and a response is to burn and destroy. We are witnessing an outpouring of fear as much as fury. Perhaps, we are witnessing the birth of a new desire to rethink the nature of government and money in the modern world.

Greek Youth Riot Over Police Shooting

Thousands of Greek youths rioted in several cities across the country over the death of a teenage boy who was shot by police. The young people were armed with stones, batons, and firebombs which they fired a the police as well as other forms of authority. By nightfall, several areas of Athens resembled a war zone with glass, rubble, and broken furniture in the streets. Local TV showed youth erecting barricades as police fired tear gas in their direction in an effort to restore order to Greek cities. Many rioters who were being pursued by police sought sanctuary in the universities which historically are off ground to the police. Thousands of young people marched through the streets of Athens shouting, “Down with the murderers in uniform.”

Prime Minister Costas Karemanlis publicly apologized to the father of Alexandros Grigoropoulos who was shot by police. Most probably the outburst of youth anger is deeper than the death of a single boy by police, but may reflect a feeling the government of Greece is still run by the “old boys network” and is not responsive to the need for a modern, honest government that is in tune with needs of the 21st century. According to Professor Thanos Dokos, “there are a lot of disoriented young people who feel they don’t have much to expect from the future and are very disconnected.” We can expect more such outbursts of anger as the recession continues to spread.