February 10th, 2012
(DaisyLuther) – Dear Readers, This morning I want to share an email from a dear friend in Greece. He has kept me apprised of the situation there with the fall of the Greek economy and the constant attacks on the dignity of the Greek people.
The government in Greece has just passed a cost-cutting measure chopping all private-sector salaries by 35%. This means that any job that you do, you will suddenly be doing it for two thirds of the money you were before. This comes at a time where many people in Greece can barely afford to feed their families, causing them to drop off their children to become wards of the government, all in an effort to see to it that the kids don’t starve. The numbers of homeless people are growing exponentially. Suicides are at an all-time high. Basic supplies like aspirin are no longer available.
This letter was sent as my friend leaves today to take part in a workers strike, a protest against this salary cut. The strike is very likely to be met with extreme violence, as the reactions of the police are becoming more brutal by the day.
Please reflect on this letter and know that we will be in the same place as this man if our government continues on it’s current course. Think about the bravery it takes to go out and stand for something knowing that it might be your last stand. As the government continues to print money that is backed by nothing more than promises, we sink further and further into debt with other countries. At some point, one of them is going to say, “Enough” and they will come to collect. They will be to us like Germany is to Greece, controlling the very livelihood and survival of the people in order to collect on a debt that never should have occurred in the first place.
Learn from him – we cannot go silently into the night either.
It’s 16.00 local time.
I just got back from the office, have a quick shower, and getting ready.
The strike is scheduled for 18.00. I’m going to pick up my sister, my daughter’s god father, and two friends.
We will park the car away from the city’s main square, and we will walk to the gathering.
All over the country, plain people like you and me are marching together. Scared people, family men, homeless, hungry, and poor. Women who have nothing to lose anymore but their own lives. Students, soldiers, teachers, and even policemen.
We are not like our ancestors. They were brave; they stopped the Persian forces, the defeated the Turks, and screwed Hitler’s plan for a couple of months.
We are scared, soft, and peaceful. I don’t know how this will end up. But I really don’t care anymore. As I told you, I will not go silently into the night.
Things in Athens already got out of control. You will see and read the evening news I presume.
I’m not the tough guy or the macho man. I don’t know how to deal with the full armoured trained riot-police forces. What ever is to come, I hope it comes fast.
My only joy is that my friends are with me. My only concern is for my family to be safe.
It’s raining now; it’s like as if the sky is crying along with humanity.
God may be with us. I know He is.
Pass the message dear. Be safe.
Souce: Daisy Luther