Greek members...why there so much rioting going on in Greece?

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    Dec 08, 2008 11:13 PM GMT
    I know that shotting that young man was a terrible thing, but I dont understand why it should cause so much rioting.

    "Angry demonstrations spread across Greek cities and towns Monday in the third day of rioting that has left dozens injured and scores of properties destroyed.

    "We've just lost count of how many demonstrations are taking place now," a police spokesman in Athens told CNN."

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/12/08/greece.riots/index.html
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    Dec 09, 2008 10:49 PM GMT
    We aint got no Greeks on here? Now they are talking about bringing the government down! ... icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 09, 2008 11:12 PM GMT
    You have to understand, we are a very different people. Greeks are an extremely passionate and expressive people, and we are passionate about everything. You try to change something about greek college education, for example, and the youths who disagree will prevent the functioning of the entire university system to whatever degree they can. Greeks don't typically sit back and shrug as things happen, they join a side and do things. Not USEFUL things in most cases, but they still act on their opinions and feelings to a much stronger degree than people here in the U.S. do. People here are much more apathetic about events in general. I guess there's a lot of pissed off people over this shooting, and as you can see they're not going to sit in their living rooms and make angry comments about it to their friends, they're going to take it to the streets.
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    Dec 09, 2008 11:32 PM GMT
    The horrible police shooting of a Greek teenager in Athens has sparked violence in a similar way that police raids on a motel in Detroit sparked that city's violent racial rebellion in 1967. When law enforcement gets too brutal and powerful, they are bound to slip up by committing a horrendous offense against the people which then sparks anger and confrontation because you can only push people so far. This is another outstanding example of abuse of police power and the rebellion that it has sparked. Police officers need to remember that they are public servants who are accountable to the people. Unfortunately, many cops think that they are high and mighty and can do whatever they damned well please. It appears that Athens, Greece is having the same urban ills along with the same problems with overzealous, brutal police as any other big, major city.
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    Dec 09, 2008 11:42 PM GMT
    Rune saidYou have to understand, we are a very different people. Greeks are an extremely passionate and expressive people, and we are passionate about everything. You try to change something about greek college education, for example, and the youths who disagree will prevent the functioning of the entire university system to whatever degree they can. Greeks don't typically sit back and shrug as things happen, they join a side and do things. Not USEFUL things in most cases, but they still act on their opinions and feelings to a much stronger degree than people here in the U.S. do. People here are much more apathetic about events in general. I guess there's a lot of pissed off people over this shooting, and as you can see they're not going to sit in their living rooms and make angry comments about it to their friends, they're going to take it to the streets.


    Plus, the Greek police is known to use unnecessarily hard methods whenever given a chance. Being half Greek myself, I have to agree with Rune. I know the scene there.
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    Dec 10, 2008 10:14 PM GMT
    while I think what's going on is absurd, someone pretty much nailed it on the head.

    My family takes up causes that normally make no sense, and will make a big deal about nothing. I used to get yelled at for dozens of minutes at a time for something as simple as not knowing where the remote was. (not child abuse, just Greek life haha).

    But they play hard and fight hard. Greece is the biggest fiesta and the biggest over-reactor nation in the world, at the same time.

    Plus, 51% of their population smokes, so they're obviously oozing with stress management issues.
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    Dec 10, 2008 10:39 PM GMT
    Haha I think stressed is the exact opposite of what I'd describe Greeks like actually. Sitting around and relaxing is probably what we're best at. We're an interesting combination of passion/expression for really specific things with a laid back nature for life in general. I guess I would describe it as having passion for things but not being consumed by any expectations or ambitions about the outcomes of such things. It makes for a very interesting dynamic. I bet all the rioters and the police forces coordinate 2 hour Frappe/Tavli breaks at 10:30am and 3 hour afternoon nap breaks at 2-5pm with eachother so that they can get their relaxation time in icon_smile.gif

    But all that stuff about corruption mentioned is absolutely true. They definitely need to steal some of the ideas the U.S. has that help prevent that stuff, but it's hard to change these things.