The riots are the least important thing about the situation there. The strikes and recent general strike are far more important and utterly ignored by the British media for obvious reasons. I think there is a powerful, if somewhat institutionalized/ritualized, counter-hegemonic bloc there based on the trade unions. I visit the country regularly and attended the European Social Forum in Athens in 2006 - my first experience of car bombs and tear gas!From me:
Sorry to sound naïve - is the British media ignoring the strike because strikes don't make as good pictures as riots? Where can I learn more?Reply:
Perhaps I'm cynical rather than you being naive! I reckon it's partly good media, partly because riots can easily be depicted as irresponsible and futile and in the end trivial, and partly because the dominant political narrative in this country is that class is dead. Hence, any sign that class is not dead, here or anywhere else, must be studiously ignored if at all possible. Anyway on that note I have to go and do some Xmas shopping. Have a great break.On the subject of trade union politics - an incident of real violence - acid thrown in the face of a woman trade unionist, Kostadinka Kuneva, as she entered her home in central Athens on 22 December. She is a train cleaner and organiser of a cleaners' union, a Bulgarian legally working in Greece. * * * See the multi-authored pan-european webzine A fistful of euros - a piece by Douglas Muir plus comment, groping for meaning, wondering whether PASOK can lead: "Greece - what if nothing happens?"