Friday, December 19, 2008
Though not as profound a historical statement as the tearing down of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the utilization of the Acropolis as a billboard for social commentary shares a similar sentiment. Some may feel that this is a blatant display of disrespect for an ancient structure which lends to the rich history of Greece. But when the voiceless grow weary of oppression, sooner or later they will get their message across by any means necessary. In this instance, a call for serious political reform was rationalized as more important than the preservation of the false sanctity of a world heritage site. What's more profound is that one of the banners hung from the Acropolis contained the word "Resistance" in English, Spanish, Greek, and German. It was rumored that the group that hung the banners did so in protest of the wrongful death of a teenager shot by Athens police. Not only did the second banner announce the date of a full scale protest march in Athens, but the group also encouraged other European cities to follow suit.
I say more power to them. Though the police states around the world may have modified their tactics over the past half century, they have intensified in their egregious abuse of power. Their breadth of intelligence has broadened immensely, allowing them full access to any corner of the world be it within or outside of their jurisdiction. Basic rights are being intruded upon and obliterated. It's clear that it's time to reassess the situation from a grassroots perspective. If these Grecian youth could link up with the Arab and Black youth that wreaked havoc on Paris in 2005 and 2007, they might have a transcontinental revolution louder than a bomb on their hands. Check here for more info.