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Another day on the streets

July 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Today was a very interesting day for us. A few friends gathered together and went in downtown Lancaster to share our flyer once again. We left after about an hour having shared around 200 flyers and having talked with people who found it interesting and wanted to talk more about it. A couple of weeks ago when we did this for the first time a lot of people where welcoming our action and reading the flyer but few actually discussed what they really thought about it. Today however there was an amazing amount of people who showed very interested in what we had to say, they gave us their own input, we exchanged opinions on economic matters beyond Greece, they suggested further ways of action and showed a great sense of solidarity to this cause.

We were really amazed how it went down today. We got to discuss the overall political climate in Europe with other leftists, we talked about how England is going deeper into economic problems itself with elders that were worried, we talked with people that seemed sympathetic to our cause and despised the banks’ and governments’ behavior towards the people and others who were disgusted with the extreme violence that has been used against the peaceful demonstrations in Greece. There were also those who started by disagreeing with us but through a civilized discussion we helped them see the matter from the point of view of the people and not of the governments as it is depicted by the mass media. This resulted in softening their stance and understanding that the people are not the guilty ones in this economic crisis, they are the victims.

Some other peopleĀ  suggested we should do documentary viewings in pubs in Lancaster and go on sharing our ideas with similar actions in the future too. We were all very positively impressed by this response from all those people, all very different in themselves, of different backgrounds, of different age, of different education, of different cultures and nationalities (English, Spanish, Hungarians and others) yet all sympathetic to the struggle of the people in Greece.

Today’s experience has fueled our will to go on in the future with similar actions and we are already in the process of discussing further ways of action in coordination with other like-minded people in the area.

[This is the flyer that we shared today: Compared to the previous flyer there is an extra quote added at the end of the second page after getting permission from the original author – Nelli Kambouri].


Solidarity towards the Greek people (and anyone else fighting for a better future)

July 16, 2011 Leave a comment

About two weeks ago after the July 29th’s Greek demonstrations which were dealt with extreme brutality by the Greek government, a few of us that live in the UK or had lived there for a long time, came together and decided to show our solidarity to the people through a small and symbolic gesture. Over the next few days we video-conferenced and talked a lot about what this would be. The result was a two page flyer that exposes the reality of the austerity measures and the truth about how these will affect the everyday people as well as the extreme brutality with which the peaceful demonstrations were dealt. This is the flyer that was – and will continue to be – distributed.