[Marxism] Fwd: BBC News - The rubber glove rebellion
lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jan 16 09:16:12 MST 2015
(All this crap about the weak-tea Keynesianism of Syriza doesn't seem to
grasp what is happening at the grass roots level.)
A group of middle-aged cleaners have become heroes to Greeks hit hard by
austerity for refusing to go quietly when their jobs were cut. They have
clashed with police and camped for months in central Athens - their
defiance springing from decades of low-paid work and hard lives as
mothers, wives, widows or divorcees.
You wouldn't know to look at it that the messy makeshift camp is the
epicentre of a protest that's touched a nerve in Greece - and given the
government more than a mild headache.
There's a pop-up tent with an inflatable mattress, some plastic chairs,
a table, a fridge and a microwave. Posters of red rubber gloves making
fists or victory signs adorn the concrete pillars. A banner made from a
sheet is splashed with big red letters: "Sit-in protest by the cleaners
of the finance ministry."
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