Protesting Youth in Greece

13 Dec

Alexandra Koronaiou, Alexandros Sakellariou Irini Chiotaki-Poulou and Vangelis Lagos, members of the Greek MYPLACE team at Panteion University Of Social And Political Sciences on the protesting Greek youth, the current socio-political crisis, memory and their relevance to the work of MYPLACE.

The Greek society has, for the past three years, been experiencing an unprecedented economic, social and political crisis that has profoundly affected both the majority’s living conditions and the functioning of the entire institutional apparatus. The deep recession and the harsh austerity policies that have been continuously implemented within this period have influenced all aspects of social life as large parts of the population have suffered great losses in their income and they have been living in a climate of insecurity, fear, anger and pessimism regarding the future. In this context, social conflicts have sharpened and protests, strikes, and clashes with the police have become an everyday phenomenon, some of the most impressive instances of which have been covered extensively by (inter)national and global media.

The social unrest had begun after the agreement between the Greek government, and the so-called E.C, ECB I.M.F troika regarding the first Greek bailout and the austerity measures announced by the socialist government in2010. Inthese protests participated people of almost all social groups, classes and age-groups, particularly the middle-aged. The protests included strikes, marches, the occupation of the Syntagma square in the centre ofAthensas well as the occupation of public buildings mainly by the public sector’s syndicates. Similar protests had taken place in other Greek cities too likeThessaloniki, Ioannina, Heraklion, etc. Young Greeks had been participating actively in these conflicts and protests, although no distinctive youth or students’ movements have emerged so far.

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