Greeks in streets again: ‘Austerity junta’ warned

Thousands of Greeks have taken to the streets of Athens in a warning to the new PM, effectively appointed by Brussels.

­Masked youngsters threw firebombs at police outside the Greek parliament and the US Embassy in Athens on Thursday. The march also marked the anniversary of the uprising against the US-backed military junta of the 1970s.

And this time Greeks used it to protest against what they call an “austerity junta”, represented by the new cabinet.

But this new government is not the result of popular pressure, says Yanis Varoufakis, professor of economics at Athens University Professor Varoufakis says that while on the one hand Greece remains a liberal democracy, on the other hand, “It also true that Greece has lost its national sovereignty, just like it had under the dictatorship of 1967 and 1974.

“But there is also an extremely dangerous wrinkle: the latest governmental change has brought into power rather an interesting coalition – the Socialist Party, the Conservative Party, but also a third one, which is an extreme right-wing movement. That movement contains remnants of the old junta, its dictatorship, admires that junta. There are people who in the past declared themselves neo-fascists,” he said.