'We Are All Greeks Now' Rallies in Europe, US

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'We Are All Greeks Now' Rallies in Europe, US

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Common Dreams staff

A "Solidarity with Greece" sign hangs from a statue during a demonstration at Trocadero in Paris, February 18, 2012. Various groups, calling for an international day of solidarity with the Greek people, gathered in capitals around the World on Saturday. REUTERS/Mal Langsdon

Rallies are being held today, Saturday, February 18th, in capitals around the world to show support for the people of Greece as they face drastic austerity measures.

The show of solidarity is in response to the "dictatorship of the financial markets and the troika: EU, ECB and IMF, who have imposed austerity measures and a non-elected government on the Greek people."

Demonstrations are planned throughout Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom, the United States, Sweden, and more.

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Real Democracy in Greece issued a Call to Action:

We are all Greeks

When one people is attacked, all peoples are attacked. On the 10th of February, the non-elected Greece Government adopted a hideous and destructive new austerity plan, passed by the parliament (199 MPs voted in favor, 101 against) on the 12th of February. The new austerity measures impose a 22% reduction in the minimum wage, which will remain frozen for the next three years; collective bargaining is simply abolished; 15000 public sector workers are laid off and 150000 jobs will be destroyed through non-renewal of contract…

The people of Greece are bravely rising up against social terror policies. Demonstrations, as well as general strikes, become more and more frequent, despite the violent repression and the media’s deafening silence.

The people of Greece need international solidarity and they are calling for our support

Let’s reply to their call. We are all Greek!

Their mobilization is clashing against the wall of a European and international dictatorship; the dictatorship of the financial markets and the troika: EU, ECB and IMF, who have imposed austerity measures and a non-elected government on the Greek people.

The EU governments are involved in this dictatorship, implementing measures which are in the same line in those in other countries. Greece is being used as a laboratory before applying these measures more generally. The situation is going to get even worse due to the new European Treaty project, which will impose the «golden rule» on our taxes.

We refuse to sacrifice people for money, as done to the Greeks.

Let’s regain the reins of our lives.

Switch off your computer, join the mobilization!

There will be demonstrations everywhere, in solidarity with the mobilization of the Greek people, on Saturday the 18th of February.

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The Athens, Greece newspaper Kathimerini reports:

A wave of solidarity to crisis victims Greeks is sweeping the world, with a special event planned for Saturday afternoon in a number of cities.

More than 10 cities in Europe will see demonstrations under the banner “We Are All Greeks Now”, including Paris and Dublin.

“The people of Greece need the international solidarity and they call for our support. Let’s reply to their call. We are all Greeks,” reads the circular distributed across social media for the rallies that are scheduled to take place at 2 p.m.

A rally is also planned in New York, at the same park that the Occupy Wall Street rallies had started this winter.

Social media groups in solidarity to the Greek people suffering from the austerity measures and the fiscal crisis have also called for action as they express the fear that what the Greeks are going through is going to apply to other people soon, too.

At the jesuisgrec.blogspot.com blog, Internet users are invited to sign a form asking for Greek citizenship in solidarity to the Greeks.

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We are All Greeks! Saturday, February 18, International Day of Action Facebook page

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