Why didn’t I hear that? – or – What propaganda doesn’t tell!


UPDATE 10/12/09:

Seems like nothing can stop the “socialists” from creating an atmosphere of fear and suppression, horror and violence. If it was a Videogame, it would be banned, but because it is not, children, mothers, father, sons, uncles, aunts … are forced to live like that and watch the violence taking place in their homes and neighbourhoods, without being able to do anything against it. There is no respect left, wether for life nor for freedom!

Take a look here and try not to think of fascism. I tried, but it really didn’t work!

News arrived this morning, which shocked me. Mostly because I haven’t heard anything about that in the media. First of all I want to say thank you to N. – as  I want to call the person providing the information.

So first of all: The new greek government doesn’t seem to be a ‘social’ one. It is said that the election was more a ‘throw out of the old goverment’ than a ‘vote for the new one’.

Well, this is quite what I had in mind, writing the post about the election in Greece. Change is always in question. It seems as if the public is ready to protest again in the very first instance the ‘new government’ repeats the thinking and behaviour of the last one. And they are right! Again we realize that real change has nothing to do with election and votes. Things can only change if we fight for them.

But these are things we expect. But there are also things you neither expect nor hear about.

So why is it, that in Athens and many many more greek cities police seems to pop out of thin air. Why do they take photos, arrest peaceful people and so on. And what is worst – it seems to be an initiative of the EU. Why does it feel like Nazi-Germany then?

I’m furious about how the mainstream media suppresses all these informations. Why? So that the rest of the European Union isn’t aware of what might happen next in every country? Is it a test to see what the public will take before there is revolution? Or to stop the first spark of freedom and independent thinking? I really recommend to read this very interesting translation of a greek blog (link below).

Who is to say that there are things that will never happen again? What does a fascist police state look and feel like, if not like it is unfolding in Greece?

Please, click that link and open your eyes to what is going on behind the scenes and realize that the censorship takes place every day, everywhere. That human rights, freedom and free speech are in danger.

Believe me: When it smells, tastes and feels like propaganda – as propaganda it shall be seen!

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4 Comments

  1. n said,

    10/13/2009 at 6:20 pm

    I’d like to commend on the last few lines of your article.

    In my opinion, the most common, yet important mistake that people from other European countries do when talking or thinking about Greece (especially since last December), is believing that they themselves are not in the same position or that they are in a somewhat better one. I am not being judgmental here nor am I trying to justify anything. On the contrary, I am just trying to make a point, on a friendly basis.

    “What might happen next in every country” has been happening for a long time now. The police state is not a Greek invention and certainly not only a Greek practice. The brutal violation of human rights is something that all countries have in common. Surveillance and authoritarianism can be expressed in various ways and we can find them all if we examine our countries’ systems. But however these are expressed, they are still a violation of our fundamental rights.

    Again, I am sure that some people will keep setting themselves detached from the Greek reality, just because in their countries they may not be beaten up by the police regularly or their homes may not be invaded for no reason. But why are these different to having thousands of cameras looking at you, or having your emails checked out, or even being forced to having an ID card with your biometric data on it? Having your privacy invaded or your rights violated is not necessarily a “loud” and physical procedure. The “silent” methods of the Northwestern European countries are even more effective, just because they tend to be forgotten by the people. And they are more effective because they tend to stay there for much longer than a policeman would stay in your neighbourhood trying to scare you off.

    The difference between our countries is that in Germany (for example) the system manages to put off people from reacting by keeping them closely watched, while in Greece (again for example) the system tries to put people off by terrorising them (in the literal meaning of the word). The similarity is that in both cases people are afraid to act. But it is much easier to get angry enough to act when you are being beaten up, than when you face the prospect of being beaten up (or arrested or whatever). Facing raw aggressiveness may be insulting our “culture” or “civilisation” but it enables confrontation, something that (at least in my understanding) many Europeans seem to lack the ability to do.

    Keeping ourselves informed on what is going on in other places of Europe is undoubtedly necessary. But we should not set ourselves aside as mere spectators. Which brings me back to the point I wanted to make in the first place. We are all the same in this. We are facing the same prospect and only when we realise that we will be able to do something about it, starting from our own country each one of us. And this is what solidarity is all about. Because solidarity is a different thing than “support”. The one has a dimension that unites us all, while the other is given from a position of power. And in no way I could accept that there is a single country in Europe that its people are in a “position of power” regarding their human rights.

    • feardomsucks said,

      10/14/2009 at 7:39 am

      You are right. I didn’t want to make the impression, that the rest of europe or western countries are just spectators. I really agree with you, that we have to be aware. That’s why I write about a lot of topics, because I think, that many things said and done in europe and the western world are an attempt to achieve power over the people. To report about Greece was very important for me, because not a word about it found its way to the news. No one I talked to knew about it and that’s the scariest thing: How it is possible to surppress those things happening? To keep them from the news?
      So, I think many europeans (take look at my latest post) are just aligned with the system by education, school or university. They ignore the facts and just see, what they want to see. It’s difficult to convince those people, even when you have evidence for your position – the Germans may be the best in ignoring the facts. There you are absolutely right.
      Don’t think this was the only post about politics and take a look at my other posts which take one topic at a time. I’m trying to split the variety of occurences into different sections to show at least some details about every single one of them.
      I think that support is not negative, and in any way it was meant positively on an idealistic basis. I think there is only one way we could change things and this is possible only by uniting, showing absolute solidarity for each other and knowing that something is very very wrong here in our world in general indeed.
      That’s why I’m trying to provide information about what is going on in europe and the world, to get people to inform themselves and to realize how all the parts fit together.
      So thanks for your comment and the thoughts you added, but be assured, as well: I know that every citizen in every country of the world is between the devil and the deep blue sea. That’s why I’m glad about every bit of information I can get about things we don’t even get a glimpse of in the censored propaganda called news.

      • n said,

        11/13/2009 at 4:19 am

        I only now had the chance to read your reply and I have to say something, even a bit late.

        By posting my initial commend I only intended to add up to your post and its last paragraph (or so) in particular, and not to criticize your opinion or your standpoint, with which I mostly agree. And in no way I got the impression that you presented yourself or other people as spectators on the subject. That would be incompatible with what you do in this blog, because writing posts about issues like that and encouraging people to be informed is not at all just a sitting back and watch attitude. I think I may have been slightly misunderstood on that, and it is probably because of the way I write (my writing may be a bit too strict). Anyway, trivial issues of communication gaps due to absence of face to face contact.

        In any case, I think there is one thing I need to clarify, having also read the commend by “athens”. I don’t compare people’s reactions and movements on a basis of one being better than another. So, I don’t even go near claiming that the movement in Greece is “better”. But I do say that there needs to be some kind of movement.
        Having lived abroad for a few years, I have seen in first hand how much people are ‘comfortably numb’ in many European societies. Of course there are many people that are aware or increasingly aware, but the impression I got from living abroad is that they are still too few comparing to the population. And one of the reasons I have identified – and of course this is my perception – is that many people still believe that examples such as the incidents in Greece are from another world. Of course they are not informed by the media about similar examples from so many other places in Europe.
        This is why I agree with a recent post on this blog that political discussion is an organic part of the body of society. It is the only way for us to continue being a society and not entities living together in a whole. And in the end, it is the only way to be able to make parallelisms between something that happened in Greece and another thing that happened anywhere else.

  2. from athens said,

    10/16/2009 at 1:05 pm

    Solidarity to any movement (including the one in greece) means resistance and struggle locally. For issues that interest the people there. This is what unites people, this is what gives to people worldwide hope and strenth to go on.

    Support is a different thing and may be necessary some times when it is asked for, but the repression is global -even if appears differently- and the resistance must be global too. I don’t think that the greek state is more repressive than others nor that the movement in greece acts “better”, the only things that change are the way the state deals with the issues and the way that people react.

    Anyway, it’s important that you are getting informed and informing others of what is going on here. This may easily be the situation in your area in the future (or past or present), and also it is more difficult for the greek state to act as it would want to act when things are getting known…


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