16 Jan, 2013 (EIRNS) The ruling coalition in Greece narrowly passed a series of so-called “prior actions” in the Greek Parliament, as demanded by the EC-ECB-IMF Troika. The legislation turns over yet more sovereign rights to the Troika in return for the bankers’ bailout.
These bills involved deregulating certain economic sectors and cutting pay for the parliamentary staff and other civil servants. It passed fairly narrowly, 166-123, with one MP from the Democratic Left, a junior partner in the ruling coalition, voting present, and 10 absent. One provision in a new law giving private sector employers greater freedom to dismiss staff was supported by just 151 MPs.
Civil protests continue despite the strategy-of-tension terror actions. According to the blog Keeptalkinggreece, two citizens in the city of Patras, as Parliament was voting, went to a local police station demanding the arrest of MPs who voted in favor of the “prior actions.” The charge was “treason,” since the supreme court had ruled that “giving over national sovereignty” was “high treason.” “With the draft law, Greece’s creditors can claim national or private assets and wealth, if the loan is not being paid back,” the two men claimed. “Similar actions have been submitted by other citizens across the country.”
Indeed, these “prior actions” are treason, that surrender the country to the Troika. According to the daily Kathimerini, the amendment states that Greece “irrevocably and unconditionally waives all immunity to which it is or may become entitled, in respect of itself or its assets, from legal proceedings in relation to this Amendment Agreement, including, without limitation, immunity from suit, judgment or other order, from attachment, arrest or injunction prior to judgment, and from execution and enforcement against its assets to the extent not prohibited by mandatory law.”
Employees in the military, coast guard, and police services, and 602 judges and prosecutors, have appealed to the Council of State against reductions of their salaries and pensions through retroactive cuts effective from August 2012. The judicial officials have appealed to the country’s supreme administrative court against Law 4093/2012 of Memorandum III, arguing that it is unconstitutional and is in contravention of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Today, a deputy regional governor and a mayor were among those arrested in northern Greece on charges of obstructing the operation of a tax office in the village of Dekatsi during a protest by local residents against the merger of their local tax authority with the one in Grevena. There were similar protests in other locations, including Athens. The consolidation of tax offices from the current 290 to 120 was a demand of the Troika. The citizens are protesting not just the increasing difficulty and expense of paying the taxes, but that tax office employees will lose their jobs.