Greek Parliament-Athens-28 Oct 2011

Greek Parliament-Athens-28 Oct 2011

To read the preamble... click here. / Pour découvrir le préambule.... cliquer ici

Greek Parliament in Athens-Ochi day

Greek Parliament in Athens-Ochi day

“Ochi day”, the “No“ day, marks the nation's entry into the 2nd world war as a result of Greece's defiance of the Axis powers and its subsequent victory against invading fascist Italy on Oct 28th 1940. At the student’s parade, pupils marched wearing black armbands and a few flag-bearers turned their faces away from the platform where the Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou was standinng. In Thessaloniki, the president left his post at the podium after the parade was stopped by protesters.

Maria-Athens

Maria-Athens

I am 23 years old and I am finishing my studies in environmental engineering. I still have to get my degree… At my university and especially for my study topic, you have to do experiments… chemical analysis for example. The government cut research grants so it’s complicated to keep on going without this support. The situation is very depressing… I would like to do my master's degree but owing to the crisis my parents will not be able to support my studies… every family has to reduce its expenses

Protesters in Syntagma square-Athens

Protesters in Syntagma square-Athens

Unprecedented demonstrations have disrupted parades by the military and school children, which were held for the national celebration of « Ochi Day » on Oct 28th 2011. / L’ampleur sans précédent des manifestations a perturbé les différents défilés qui ont eu lieu lors de la célébration nationale du «Ochi Day» du 28 octobre 2011.

Ersi-Athens

Ersi-Athens

Most of the austerity measures are unfair and inefficient. The material world blossom while the spiritual decline. I am not afraid of the crisis: The brave dies once, the coward repeatedly... / La plupart des mesures d'austérité sont injustes et inefficaces. Le monde matériel s’épanouit tandis que le spirituel décline. Je n’ai pas peur de la crise. Les courageux meurent une fois, le lâche à plusieurs reprises.

Christos-Athens

Christos-Athens

I am 48 years old. I have already felt the aftermaths on my job. Even though I work in a "wealthy" company, as a quality control manager, they lowered my salary with the crisis excuse. My future is insecure and if I was younger, I would look for a job abroad. My daughter is 18 years old. I am very concerned about her future. How can she live earning just 300-400€? If she has a job!!! I cannot answer to her question " why do I have to study if there is no hope of having a job". Can you answer?...

Demonstration in Athens against austerity measures on Nov 3rd 2011 / Manifestation à Athènes contre les mesures d'austérité, le 3 novembre 2011.

Argyro-Vasistas company director

Argyro-Vasistas company director

I am 33 years old and I am theatre director and occasionally an actress. Since two years now, the cultural grants have been cut off except for big cultural institutions. Officially, the system works, but in reality it's a matter of time. Last year, our annual subvention request has been endorsed… we still wait. A lot of young artistes leave Greece. As far as I am concerned, I considerer it a duty to stay in Greece but I can afford this choice due to the fact that I have been playing in France...

Demonstration in Athens-17 Nov 2011

Demonstration in Athens-17 Nov 2011

Demonstration in commemoration of the university students uprising on Nov 17th 1973. During the Greek military junta of 1967–1974, Papadopoulos who was at the helm of the junta sent the army to suppress the student strike at the National Technical University of Athens. Several youth were killed and thousands were injured. / Manifestation en commémoration du soulèvement des étudiants de l'Université technique nationale d'Athènes du 17 Nov 1973, réprimé par la junte durant la dictature (1967-1974)

Sotiris-Athens

Sotiris-Athens

I am 23 years old and I am a cook. Since 2004 I get 300 € per month from the State social care owing to my diabetic disease. The last past 2 years it has been a genuine ordeal to find my medication. The state does not fund hospitals in a proper way, the medical industry refuse to provide hospitals without insurance to be paid and ultimately you don't find certain types of medication in hospitals. Mine belongs to the list, so now I have to buy them with my money in a pharmacy (200€ each month)...

Demonstration in Athens-17 Nov 2011

Demonstration in Athens-17 Nov 2011

Several demonstrations poured in street and joined in one mass demonstration against the Greeks’ government decisions on austerity measures in order to receive loans from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. / Plusieurs manifestations ont affluées dans la rue et se sont réunies en une manifestation de masse contre les décisions du gouvernement Grec portant sur les mesures d'austérité afin de recevoir des prêts de l'Union européenne et du Fonds monétaire international.

Ellie-Athens

Ellie-Athens

The austerity measures are disconnected to reality. How can you live making less money and at the same time paying more expenses...and how can we improve the Greek growth without purchases? I do not intend to stay in Greece. How can I plan to have a family... / Les mesures d’austérité sont déconnectées de la réalité. Comment peut-on vivre en gagnant moins d’argent et en payant plus d’impôts … et comment améliorer la croissance grecque sans achats ? Je n’ai pas l’intention de rester en Grèce.

Protester dog Loukanikos-Athens

Protester dog Loukanikos-Athens

Protesters were out on the streets on Nov 3rd 2011. In backdrop, G. Papandreou has abandoned his referendum on the bailout plan for both Greece and Eurozone. That plan appears to have backfired, with calls for him to stand down and defections from his party. / Manifestation le 3 nov 2011. En toile de fond, G.Papandreou a abandonné son référendum sur le plan de renflouement de la Grèce et de la zone euro. Ce plan semble avoir des effet contre-productif avec des appels à la démission...

Anna-University of Athens

Anna-University of Athens

I am 24 years old and hold a degree of Bachelor of History. I will likely get my Master abroad (probably in France)... and become a researcher. My mother spurs me to go abroad, finish my studies and find a job… I don't want to flee my country... unfortunately, I might have no choices. Owing to the crisis, more than 50% of the students have to get a part-time job to help the family.... The technical university from Athens will shut down...dumbing down the university quality.....

Despina-Athens

Despina-Athens

I am 23 years old and I finished my photography studies. I am looking for a job in photography but I cannot find one. 2 years ago, seemingly it was easier… much easier. I attend to the demonstrations to express my disagreement and my anger about the situation but honestly... it will change nothing... even the next election... I would really like to stay in Greece but I am not sure to be able, maybe I should go abroad... I have to find a way to survive...

Syntagma square-Athens on Oct 28th

Syntagma square-Athens on Oct 28th

Protester arrested at Syntagma square. / Manifestant arrêté place Syntagma

Christina-Athens

Christina-Athens

In 2009, I lived in Australia, so, come back in Greece is a deliberate decision. I opened my nutritionist dietician business. I work in a health centre and in university as a lactation councillor and even if I don't get paid by university, when I see my advices have a very positive influence on people, I find it very fulfilling. Therefore, it isn’t just a money matter. On the other hand, in this faltering economy, see a nutritionist dietician can appear as a shallow approach or as a privilege...

Protesters in Athens-17 Nov 2011

Protesters in Athens-17 Nov 2011

Protesters pick up stones and marble from the pavement in an avenue alongside the parliament of Athens. / Les manifestants ramassent des pierres et du marbre de la chaussée dans une avenue à côté du parlement d'Athènes...

Miltiadis-Athens

Miltiadis-Athens

I have really lost hope for the future... Everybody has been touched by the crisis… how people interact with each other: you can see people argue in banks, in bus, etc. The working conditions are going really bad. A couple of months ago, one major client of our company simply stopped to pay, as a result of which our company stopped paying us. So, I forewarned my landlord that I was going to leave the flat. I hope that I will get my income. If he can't pay me he will have to fire me...

Vangelis-Athens

Vangelis-Athens

I am 45 years old. I work in a photo gear office since 11 years, a full time job. My salary is 1000 euros and my rent is 420 euros. I have not been paid since 7 months. If they have my agreement, my full time job will be substitute by a part time job... with the corresponding wage . Most probably, the company might shut down... in a close future. I try to find something else but the labour market is crippled in Greece... bleak outlook...

Demonstration-Athens-Nov 17th 2011

Demonstration-Athens-Nov 17th 2011

The protestors are headed toward the U.S. Embassy owing to their past support for the « Black Colonels ». Once they reach the place, there have always clashes between the demonstrators and the police. / Les manifestants se dirigent vers l'ambassade des États-Unis en raison de leur soutien passé pour la dictature des colonels. Une fois sur place, il ya toujours des affrontements entre les manifestants et la police...

Georgia-Piraeus, Athens

Georgia-Piraeus, Athens

I predict that most of the Greeks, mainly the youngest, will go abroad in order to find a work. Some people won't even stand this situation... because they might have nothing to do... no job... no future... Most of the Greeks are committed to their country. We will have to work to overhaul this country because we do love this country. In this neighbourhood, Piraeus, this is the first time that you can see people scavenge for food. I am not talking about vagrants but people who have family...

Stavros, movie director-Athens

Stavros, movie director-Athens

I am 30 years old. I have been working as a set designer for the cinema the last 6 years. I also carried out a short film. This crisis is something that has been designed and constructed in order to dumb down the workers stance, like it was in the past. It’s not an accident. For some people this situation is very profitable... those who control the financial markets. I had never expected that the Greek government might be so ridiculous and disrespectful towards his own population. They have...

Demonstration-Athens-Nov 17th 2011

Demonstration-Athens-Nov 17th 2011

The demonstration was stopped for a while by the Greek riot police (M.A.T) in Syntagma square. / La manifestation a été arrêté un certain temps par la police anti-émeute grecque (MAT) sur la place Syntagma.

Tassos-Athens

Tassos-Athens

I am a civil engineer. I used to work for a Greek metal construction company between 2007 and 2009. The first year has been fine… then the first wave of crisis came... in 2008… / Je suis ingénieur civil. Je travaillais pour une entreprise grecque de construction métallique entre 2007 et 2009. La première année fut bonne... puis la première vague de la crise est arrivée... en 2008... / click on the picture to read more

Giorgos-Athens

Giorgos-Athens

I am 30 years old. I am a student in photography and I am working on morning times in order to provide the costs of my studies. I live with my mother. I think the wealthiest greek and the Church also have the duty to pay! Not only lambda citizens… / J'ai 30 ans. Je suis étudiant en photographie et je travaille les matins afin de subvenir aux frais de mes études. Je vis avec ma mère. Je pense que les plus riches et l’Église ont également le devoir de payer! Pas uniquement les citoyens lambda ...

Clashes in Athens on Nov 17th 2011

Clashes in Athens on Nov 17th 2011

Clashes happened on Thursday night during and after the march commemorating the student uprising of 1973. After the usual brawls in front of the U.S embassy, clashes with the Greek riot police extended. / Des affrontements ont eu lieu jeudi soir pendant et après la manifestation commémorant le soulèvement étudiant de 1973. Après les échauffourées habituelles en face de l'ambassade des États-Unis, les affrontements avec la police anti-émeute grecque se sont étendus dans Athènes dans la soirée...

Mirka-Athens

Mirka-Athens

I am an english teacher and I am currently unemployed… since the past 5 months. / Je suis professeur d’anglais et je suis actuellement sans emploi … depuis 5 mois... / Click on the picture to read more

Demonstration-Athens-Nov 17th 2011

Demonstration-Athens-Nov 17th 2011

Several demonstration converged together and joined in a peaceful mass demonstration against the decisions of the Government of Greece on austerity measures. / Plusieurs manifestations ont convergé ensemble et se sont jointes en une manifestation pacifique de masse contre les décisions de mesures d'austérité prise par le gouvernement Grec.

Despina-Athens

Despina-Athens

J’ai 23 ans et j’ai fini mes études de photographie. Difficile de trouver un travail dans la photographie, c’était apparemment plus facile il y a 2 ans... beaucoup plus facile. Je participe aux manifestations pour exprimer mon désaccord et ma colère... mais honnêtement, ça ne changera rien... même pas les prochaines élections. Je voudrais vraiment rester en Grèce mais je ne suis pas sûr de pouvoir… peut-être que je devrais aller à l'étranger. Je dois trouver un moyen pour survivre.

Demonstrators in Athens on Nov 4th 2011. / Manifestants à Athènes le 4 novembre 2011.

Maria-Athens

Maria-Athens

I don’t expect anything from the government. Obviously I am involved in the protests… what else can I do to express my dismay…/ Je n'attends rien du gouvernement. Évidemment, je suis impliqué dans les manifestations... Que puis-je faire d'autre pour exprimer ma consternation...

Christina-Athens

Christina-Athens

I think that we are manipulated by what we call... the upper powers... the banks, finance... but also that we contribute to the bribery "I vote for him because he cares for me". Currently, I feel more solidarity, somehow the people pay more attention... / Je pense que nous sommes manipulés par ce que nous appelons... les pouvoirs supérieurs... les banques, la finance... mais aussi que nous contribuons à la corruption "Je vote pour lui, car il prend soin de moi"...

Protesters in Syntagma square, Athens on Oct 28th 2011. / Manifestants place Syntagma, Athènes le 28 octobre 2011.

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