It’s been a revealing period for all of us. We never realized quite how big is the turbulence we got into. Papandreou managed to corner us in the end of 2009 with the fear of default and a well prepared propaganda by the media and the EU officials. The Left was caught unprepared and the society almost consented while in shock. Troika was established as the only reliable solution and most people hoped that a way out passes through these painful first austerity measures. Among other budget cuts, the 1st memorandum was signed in April 2010. People thought they would be the only one, they hoped that even though its not their fault, the storm would finish after 2-3 years. They saw no other political alternative to follow at that time. The working class through the unions tried to answer back with the traditional way of the general strikes. But the participation remained small; the bureaucratic and corrupted union movement was paying its tolls.
As time went by, the messages that we were all receiving were getting worse. The first big sacrifices worth nothing they said, the crisis is ‘’bigger than we thought’’, troika needs more cuts. So the government and the media started to prepare for more cuts. The blackmail was ‘’this way or the highway’’. Either you follow exactly what troika proposes or you default and get out of Europe with the worst to follow. The terror in disguised… Nevertheless the people’s faith into the fact that this is the only possible solution started slowly to crack. A first sign was the massive demonstration in the 5th of May 2010.More would follow but what they provided was little more than an outlet for people’s rage and indignation, as they lacked both political leadership and a political plan to overthrow the government. In the meanwhile the Left even though divided, started to recover and whispering that another way is possible. That Greece is just the first in the row of an experiment that takes place designed by banks, neoliberal politicians and high EU officials. That this is a European crisis and not Greek and that more countries would follow. Information and discussions started to spread through Internet regarding how economy is functioning, what exactly debt consists, what is the role of the banks in the crisis, how deep was the corruption in the two major parties all these past 40 years, how many times similar crisis have happened through out history etc. People had to re-discover politics.