Water, energy and a "Guantanamo" bill for prisons
by system failure
In the middle of the summer and world cup, the Greek government seeks to pass bills to privatize public corporations in key sectors like water and energy. After focusing on the world cup and the Greek football team, mostly for distraction purposes, the mainstream media propaganda is aligned with the government policies, as always.
Specifically, a big battle is being held on the case of the Public Power Corporation (PPC) privatization. Citizens and Unions, as well as the main opposition Leftist party SYRIZA, react against the plans of the government to privatize a part of PPC. There is no evidence that this action will lower prices and protect national interest, while current government is totally unreliable as it is more than obvious that the only thing it does, is to follow Troika's orders.
PPT unions are willing to fight against the decision with repeated strikes, while government threatens that it will activate the measure of civil conscription (http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2013/05/middle-class-civil-war-in-greece-latest.html), again. In this case, the mainstream media launched again the pro-government propaganda, claiming, for example that unions' actions will damage tourism. Once again, they try to mobilize social automatism, turning groups of citizens, who will suffer from repeated power cuts in the hottest days of the summer, against workers and unions who fight to keep their jobs.
A small win in another front, is the fact that the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) will re-examine the case of privatizing the Public Water Organization of Thessaloniki, but according to some activists against water privatization, the government is just examining other possible scenarios.
It is worth to note that recently, the citizens of Thessaloniki gave a decisive answer against government plans for the privatization of water, as they voted by 98% not to be privatized. (http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/05/98-voted-against-water-privatization-in.html)
It is obvious that, as the government holds a very thin majority ready to break, especially after the latest euro elections where SYRIZA won and government coalition parties lost significant power, the local and foreign oligarchs are pressing the puppet government to sell quickly in ridiculously low prices, the key sectors under public control.
Meanwhile, not a single word has been said by the mainstream media about the protests in Greek prisons by inmates who live under inhuman conditions. According to the "Initiative for Prisoners' Rights", a hunger strike is being held by 1200 inmates for eight days now, in Korydallos prison (http://www.tokeli.gr/2014/07/blog-post.html). The government is trying to pass a bill to impose unprecedented conditions of "Guantanamo" type in Greek prisons. This is another attempt, of course, to suppress any reaction inside and outside prisons. (http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/06/prisons-of-type-c-new-test-field-in.html)