The Greeks are not calming down. On the contrary - the leftist radicals unfurled a banner across the Acropolis calling for European-wide action on Wednesday. Is a new '68 on its way?


The message was written in four languages: Greek, English, Italian and German. "Resistance" on one banner, and "18/12, demonstration in all Europe" on another. Judged "inexcusable" by the government, it took the Greek police two hours to remove the banners. But will the call for action succeed? Supporters from around Europe tell us what they think.

You too, let us know your opinion.


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"We're hoping (...) you won't have cops wandering around with guns anymore"

Edd is an illustrator from London. He posted this comic (below) about the event on the Occupied London blog. He plans to take part in a solidarity demonstration in London on Saturday.


The reason I made the comic was because I was shocked that a 15-year-old kid was shot dead, and it ties in with a lot of stuff that's going on in the world that shouldn't be. The thing is, police are police wherever they are: never particularly positive. It's synonymous with the situation in London, and we're still remembering that Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead by police. People in anti-authoritarian communities in London are rallying up to show their solidarity, but I doubt it will start unrest here. What we're hoping is that by supporting this movement you won't have cops wandering around with guns anymore."


"Our generation is more bothered about the football results than social injustices"

Jonathan Teuma is a student at Madrid University.


Initially there was a bit of an uproar and some people got in scuffles with the police in Madrid and Barcelona. But no-one seems to care anymore. There's a lot of political apathy in Spain - there's not a big social movement to support Greece. It's true that we share similar problems - there's a lack of jobs and people are disappointed with their wages. But that's the thing - they're disappointed, not angered. We'd never reach the same levels of violence as in Greece, even if the thing had actually taken place here. Our generation is more bothered about the football results than social injustices. As long as they make enough money to get by and have a laugh, they're content. Nobody can be bothered to protest about social problems."

"It would only take a police blunder to ignite to the mess"

Damien Ramage is a student at IEP (Political Studies Institute) in Paris. He's international officer for UNEF (National Union of Students).


We support the Greek students 200%, and we've publicly stated it. Particularly concerning resignations - when Malik Oussekine was killed [by a police officer during a demonstration against teaching reforms in France in 1986], we saw the resignation of [French minister Alain] Devaquet.

The young generation is despised today in Greece. The media shows radicals throwing Molotov cocktails, but that's not the real story. They're just a fringe. We support the thousands of protestors who are not so visible but are fighting for their social rights.  

European governments are scared that the violence will spread. But what violence are they talking about? Social violence is already everywhere; all of the countries in Europe are fighting. The violence won't escalate in France like it has in Greece, but what is sure, is that the social urgency exists in France like it does in Greece. And like in Greece, it would only take a police blunder to ignite to the mess created by Sarkozy's policies here."