A Bird’s Eye View: Revolution of a lost generation .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} In our previous articles from this column, we have chirped about the possibilities that the global financial crisis might bring forth social strife, something that by all means must be avoided. The recent tragic events in Greece may point exactly to that, that our worst fears may becoming reality.

It all started on Saturday, Dec. 6, when a group of human anarchists attacked two policemen in the center of Athens and in the ensuing confusion after the attack, one policeman shot and killed a 15-year-old student. Then all of Greece exploded as nationwide violent protests began. In Athens, rioters battled with police for over one week, banks were destroyed, cars were burned, shops were looted and burned, ministries were set on fire and even the Christmas tree on Syntagma Square was burned. The center of Athens looked like a battlefield. Similar events, but with much less destruction, took place in other cities of Greece. In some cities non-protesters clashed and threw rocks at demonstrators in order to protect their properties.

The events in Greece are unjustified. A student was killed, a young human of 15, and we are very sorry about that as we feel the grief of his parents. But after all, what would one expect the two policemen to do when attacked by 30 other humans. They could have run away to protect themselves or they could have used force to scare off their attackers. They preferred the latter. The police in Greece have killed before, again in demonstrations, with no such protest from the population. However, this time they had the right to defend themselves. But what we cannot understand is the violence. Humans in Greece could have protested as much as they wanted for the death of the young student in a peaceful way, even if that did not give them the necessary media coverage. Again the violence was totally inexcusable and unjustified.

Unable of controlling
The Greek government was in total disarray, unable to control the situation, while the opposition parties were also ineffective or destructive in their statements. Furthermore, the Greek government condemned the two policemen before they were taken to court. The Greek Prime Minister secretly sneaked off to Brussels to participate in another useless summit there instead of staying in Greece in solidarity with the victims of looting and destruction. The trade unions also behaved in an irresponsible way by not postponing a 24-hour general strike and demonstrations that fuelled more violence.

We believe that the national explosion of the youth of Greece was not so much in protest against the death of the young student, as it was to vent their frustration toward the effects on them of failed globalization policies, their limited job opportunities and the inability of the scandal-ridden government to cope effectively with their problems. It is a revolution of the lost generation. And what happened in Greece might be the prelude of what may happen in other European Union countries.
The fire that was lit in Athens may be spreading quickly as the effects of the global financial crisis spread. In Barcelona there were demonstrations of solidarity and 500 Spanish demonstrators tried to attack a bank. At the same time, demonstrations of solidarity are being held in almost European capitals. All this was happening while the EU summiteers were meeting once again in Brussels to cope in an ineffective way with the global financial crisis. We hope that the message of the youth of Greece was heard in Brussels. But we doubt that the EU can see the reality of its failed policies. At least for the moment.

But keep in mind, humanity, that the continual failure of politicians might bring back fascism and other forms of totalitarianism, which are the worst of all evils. Ponder our thoughts, dear humans, for your own benefit.