After living in Exarcheia for several years, and watching the farcical events that would unfold below my window every 17 November, I was left with one impression. With the exception of literally only one or two people, here was an excuse for a team of young thugs in balaclavas to have a bit of a «punch-up» with a team of young thugs in uniforms. That would in turn provide an opportunity for hordes of irresponsible «reporters» to write or broadcast absurdly unrealistic «articles» (complete with Mahler soundtracks and fast-cut special effects) about this mighty «clash of the titans», which would give all the couch-potatoes at home a brief moment’s excitement, to stir them out of the frustrating boredom of their lives for at least a day or two. The level of bad-taste is so far off the scale that it makes me feel ill. Meanwhile, the biggest crime of all is that «the men behind the curtain» (politicians and international money-shifters) always systematically use these events to whitewash, cover-up and distract the public while carefully pushing through their most seedy policies and legislations. If you people in the streets realised just how much you are being used in this perverse chess-game, as pawns of distraction in order for the kings and queens (on both sides) to do exactly what they want (and have always wanted), then you would be really angry. And then you would actually want to do something more substantial than throwing firebombs and wielding police-truncheons. And if you «reporters» were to realise just how much your malleability is being cynically exploited by rich, powerful men for increasing their wealth and control, you would perhaps also be angry enough to free yourself from the money-fuelled mass-media circus and actually report some Truth.
Violence and impulsiveness is not Big, and it’s not Clever. It’s childish, and when everyone behaves childishly for long enough children inevitably end up being killed, and everyone childishly points the finger at all the wrong people.
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