Monday, June 27, 2011

Protesters occupy The Acropolis, only find ruins

In something straight out of The Onion, Greek communists have stormed The Acropolis in Athens. No doubt their first reaction was "damn, there is nothing here but ruins!" (Psst, guys, it's been a while since anyone but tourists were there.)

Greek protesters occupy The Acropolis.
Photo courtesy of Reuters and The Guardian.

More seriously, unions in Greece have called for a 48-hour general strike starting tomorrow. The strike is timed to coincide with debates being held in the Greek parliament involving further austerity measures being considered by the embattled government of prime minister George Papandreou.

Meanwhile, in Spain thousands of anti-austerity protesters have begun a march to Madrid, setting off from different cities around the country. Called the “indignados”, the protesters are part of what is known as the May 15 movement.

While the debt situation in Spain is not as severe as Greece, the country's unemployment situation is dire, with adult unemployment over 20 percent.