Hello, wonderful members of DD community, hello my friends. I am sorry that only today I saw Phyllis' thread in this section. Your interest for my long silence touched me and I feel proud of being a member of this site. This is that makes DD site special. I would like to thank each one of you for this. Thank you Phyllis for this thread, thank you Aino for your two emails, and for yours Monique. Thank you Angela, Merrilee, Kayleigh, Scrapbird, Myra, Anke, Linda, Amy L, Jen D, Adryane, Lesvrolyk, KerryMac, muddygirl, ValerieP, mugsbigsis, angie wags, Kathleen.summers, dorah, marnie, Elena, jazzmatazz, kathie02, DonnaNJ, echogirl, hendon, readstoomuch, Esther. All this time one thing that I could do was look at the beautiful pages all of you create, but didn't have the will to comment on your pages or make a new page of my own. This thread made me move. I could describe my long silence as a black out.
I am in a shock; I suffer from the national depression like another 11 million Greeks for the financial problems of our country. It's like a strong thunder fell upon our heads. My country, like Spain, Ireland, England, Portugal, Japan etc. has a great depth. The Global economical crisis and the speculative games of the banks made the weakest economies to collapse. My country is now under the dictatorship of the IMF. My country is in a war and the occupation army is the IMF. We don't know if, when and how this occupation will come in an end. There is a great question why from all the above countries Greece had to go in IMF. The reasons aren't so innocent and the Greek civilians ask the reason from our government, as well as for the mismanagement of our economy. SIEMENS scandal shakes our society and shows commissions to some of our politicians and we consider them responsible for this great depth. Greek civilians have to pay for others faults, that is ; "Other eats and other pays the bill". The measures of IMF are very harsh and make a long list I will only mention the cut of salaries and pensions from 5-25%, thousands of layoffs, high taxes in everything, increase of the cost of electricity in 30% and every day government surprises us with a new one. Yesterday was announced that a widow can take the pension of her dead husband only if she is 50 years old and over. The salary of a new employee will be 550 Euros instead of the today HUGE sum of 700 Euros. The generation of 700 Euros will become now the generation of 500 Euros. These measures drive us in a labor dark age and the population in pauperization, they drive us into death. Who can live with 500 Euro? What will be the future of our children? Greek civilians think that it is the final solution for the Greek nation. Society will collapse. Greece will become a great concentration camp. These measures will not save our economy; they will execute the population; we will die from hunger like during the WW2.
My country came out from the WW2 completely destroyed and the black and white colors of life of those years took the colors of the rainbow. The quality of life we offer in our children today has nothing to envy from the life of the children of the rich countries. As a child I was fed with UNRRA's (American help) cheese and butter at school and children of today has a variety of food to choose, they have many pair of shoes, clothes, toys and most important education.
Our children learn foreign languages from kindergarten not only at school; they also attend private schools in the afternoon paid by their parents and at the age of 18teen they speak two languages except their mother language and more than 50% go to university because every Greek family wants a diploma on the wall. Parents work hard for their children studies.
Greece of today has more doctors than we need, we have more lawyers than France, but we don't have plumbers and the manicure girl earns more money than a girl who studied economics and works in a bank. The 90% of the population has their own house and a great number of families have two cars. We achieved all these after a 12 hours hard work in two jobs, because of the low salaries and emigration. Nobody gifted us anything.We feel angry for the fishy publication of the German "Focus" magazine which calls Greeks lazy people who must learn to work and not dance syrtaki. It"s unfair.. Such publications of German press doesn't help, because they scratch wounds and destroy the good relations between Greek and German people.
On that black Wednesday of May 4th, 150.000 Greeks demonstrated outside the Parliament to prevent our government from voting these hard measures. We demonstrated to save the hard work of two generations, the quality of our lives. Unfortunately the demonstrators billed the death of 3 young people and of one unborn baby, because provocateurs, (anarchists), we call them "the knowns unknowns", who wore hoods, threw together with Molotov bombs, bottles with benzine and the thick smoke made the workers die from suffocation. Demonstrators tried to stop them, but they worked very fast, they weren't Greeks, witnesses say that they urged people having a foreign pronunciation with the words; "Burn them, they work in a bank". Real demonstrators don't cover their faces. The young victims, two women, (one of them was pregnant), and one man, were between 32-35 years old. Each one of them had a university diploma in economics and two PhD from English and American universities and their salary, after 5 years of work in the bank, was 1200 Euros.
How and when all these will come in an end? I hope and pray that things turn around quickly. Thank you again for your interest; it's time to come back. It's time for scrap therapy.