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One really crucial date in the Greek battlefield

by system failure

As the fight between the Greek government and the lenders culminates, controversial announcements concerning deadlines are more frequent than ever. In this peculiar psychological war, the lenders try to increase the pressure on the Greek side setting continuously various dates as deadlines for the negotiations. Phrases like "the time for Greece ends" are so frequent that the public opinion in Greece and the people who have already enough troubles are not paying attention anymore. From this perspective, the psychological war is fading and losing its power.

However, there is indeed one crucial date, which is tomorrow, 11th of June. Two years ago on this date, Samaras administration proceeded in an unprecedented action by closing public broadcaster in one day. 2656 employees were fired in one day, while the then Samaras administration claimed that this was an action to clean public broadcaster from corruption. Ironically his party and the coalition Socialist partner, PASOK, were the two parties that governed Greece for nearly four decades and corrupted every branch of Greece's public institutions.

Of course this was an action of high symbolism. The neoliberal dictatorship used Greece to enforce unprecedented conditions towards the new Feudalism. Samaras created NERIT, the supposed new public broadcaster which became clearly a mouthpiece of the neoliberal government positions, fully aligned with the lenders' plans.

Now, the new government has to keep its promise to rehire the employees in order to restore the democratic legality which was canceled through the June 11 of 2013 coup. However, the lenders send signals that they will not tolerate such actions as rehiring employees in public institutions, even if the layoffs have been characterized as unconstitutional, according to the supreme court of Greece.

Tsipras receives a lot of pressure from the interior too. Yesterday, 22 SYRIZA MPs sent a letter to the Greek PM through which they ask a voting procedure in the Greek parliament for restoring minimum wage and cancelling all the orders concerning further cuts in pensions, according to the memorandum agreement with the lenders.

Recently, the sign of NERIT in the public broadcaster headquarters has been replaced by the old one, ERT. Tomorrow, the Greek government will be forced to reveal whether is determined to restore democracy in Greece, or, retreat to the absurd demands of the neoliberal dictatorship who wants to finish the experiment in Greece by any means, at any cost.

Tomorrow, the reactions from both sides in the battle of Greece will show whether eurocrats will risk a Grexit and how determined is Tsipras administration to go that far.

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