Posts Tagged ‘edinburgh’

Our next assembly is going to be held at the Teviot library bar (13 Bristo Square) on Tuesday the 16th of April at 20.00.

Last night a massive demo took place in Edinburgh. Greeks, Spanish, Portuguese, Italians and Scottish people marched in solidarity with the European General Strike shouting against austerity, showing their will for changing the political system. We hope that this demo was only the beginning, and that the EU governments are going to find us united in this battle. Thank you all for coming!




Greece may be in the eye of the storm, but it is not the only country where severe austerity has been imposed. Unemployment in Spain has also reached 25% while British people have seen their income dwindle as a result of the cuts imposed by the coalition. All around the world, people are plunged into despair while large corporations continue to enjoy huge profits. The global nature of the crisis is yet more proof that this is not the result of the corruption and laziness of everyday people in Southern Europe as has often shamelessly been reported, but the result of the political and economic system: the system of neoliberal internationalised market economy and representative democracy, which the affected countries are integrated in via the EU. It also indicates that the answer to it must be global as well. An internationalist network of the exploited and oppressed must stand up against the well-organized international collaboration of the ruling classes and their political institutions. One step in this direction is to be taken on the 14th of November, a day of pan-European action and solidarity. Trade union federations in Greece, Spain, Portugal, Malta, Cyprus and Italy have called general strikes and there will be demonstrations in a number of cities including Edinburgh.

Believing that the world can change is not an illusion. Believing that it can stay the same is!

Come to the solidarity demo at 18:00, outside St. Giles Cathedral, Royal Mile.


The symbolic 7-hour trip of Angela Merkel to Athens, this Tuesday the 9th of October, shows the clarification of the austerity plan which forces Greek people into misery in order to save the European banks. Cuts on the national minimum wage, reduction on pensions, privatization of the public sector are only the indicative measures that have led to 50% of youth unemployment, increase of poverty rate and suicides and the general suffering of the Greek society. The majority of the Greek parties have terrorised the electorate about the supposedly disastrous consequences of a possible Euro/EU exit, in order to adopt now even more strict measures, following the “orders” of the neo-liberal European governments and the so-called Troika.

People are fighting through massive demos and takeovers, giving a heroic battle against the violent and fascist repression of the police forces. During the last days, citizens who just participated in peaceful demos have been illegally arrested and tormented by the Greek Police. A huge movement has been created for Tuesday in organising protests against Merkel all over the centre of Athens, which have been illegally prohibited by the fascist Greek government taking us back to the military junta times. “By decision of the General Police Director of Attica any public congregation is prohibited for reasons of public safety and non-disruption of socio-economic life of the capital, in the period from 09.00 hours Tuesday 09 October 2012 up to 22.00 hours of the same, in the City of Athens … “.

We act in solidarity with the fighting Greek people. We are not intimidated by State violence and restrictions. The entire world must be in the streets of Greece these days. The ONLY answer is fighting for the cancellation of all the memoranda and loan agreements, exit from the Euro/EU, socialisation of the banks, expropriation of all the privatised key sectors of the economy and against every fascist policy.

See you all, on Tuesday the 9th of October outside the CITY CHAMBERS at Royal Mile, at 5pm.

Who struggles can fail. Who doesn’t struggle has already failed!
B. Brecht

First part of the talk


Part of the talk including questions from the audience and answers by Dr. Kouvelakis


A different perspective on the Greek and European crisis.

Talk by dr Stathis Kouvelakis, followed by discussion.

Next meeting of the group  REAL DEMOCRACY NOW EDINBURGH   GR  at the Teviot library bar (13 Bristo Square). Tuesday 20th of MARCH 2012. At 20.00.

Next meeting of the group  REAL DEMOCRACY NOW EDINBURGH   GR  at the Teviot library bar (13 Bristo Square). Tuesday 13th of MARCH 2012. At 20.00.

Next meeting of the group  REAL DEMOCRACY NOW EDINBURGH   GR  at the Teviot library bar (13 Bristo Square). Tuesday 6th of MARCH 2012. At 20.00.


Education is a right, not a privilege or a luxury and must be free for everyone. Education has been prized throughout the past century as the lever of social change and autonomy.

As Greeks we too have witnessed such attempts at the level of our higher education, but not only that. In 2006 the rising student movement against reforms in higher education, with 90% of the countryʼs universities being under occupation for at least a three month period, and unmatched participation of non party affiliated students, was met unprecedented police violence, perhaps comparable to that exercised during the junta. What were essentially promoted in these so called reforms were the commercialization and the privatization of Greek higher education. In effect the control of research based on the demands of corporate sponsors who were to be allowed involvement in the evaluation and the funding of university programs; the practical stifling of the inclusive and free circulation of ideas which is the cornerstone of higher education.

Those measures were in accordance with the EU plans for education as indicated by the ʽBolognia treatyʼ and have been implemented in a number of countries as well as in the UK. They are now however going one step further.

We are now witnessing the sweeping attempts of corporatized states to turn education, and specifically higher education into a highly exclusive and technical apparatus which opts for the training of individuals geared and adapted to the demands of the market and competitiveness, rather than actual scientific advancement, or the development of critical thinking and greater social and political understanding; the fostering of compliant mediocrity as opposed to authentic creative thinking and learning. The increase in tuition and fees is just one further indication of the oppression that is being exercised in the arena of education and work.

In the current circumstance in Britain we see the same attack to the foundations of education and essentially the foundations of society being carried out, and we therefore feel obliged to support the cause of preserving in any way we can the sovereignty of people against the increasingly oppressive demands of anti-humanist corporate interests.