[Marxism] Fwd: BBC News - The rubber glove rebellion

Louis Proyect 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."

full: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30811426



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