ATHENS – FALL DISTRICT

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Athens - Financial District
Athens - Financial District
Athens - Financial District
Athens - Financial District
Athens - Financial District
Athens - Financial District
Athens - Financial District
Athens - Financial District
Athens - Financial District
Athens - Financial District
Athens - Financial District
Athens - Financial District
Athens - Financial District
Athens - Financial District
Athens - Financial District
Athens - Financial District
Athens - Financial District
Athens - Financial District
Athens - Financial District
Athens - Financial District
Athens - Financial District
Athens - Financial District
Athens - Financial District

Kolonaki - a district inhabited by rich people. All young people in greece are angry, politicians require them to pay money that they do not have, for people who are fully responsible for the current situation in Greece. Anger is all the greater beacuse virtually every rich man in Greece pays no taxes. They say: "Everyone who can avoid it, combines" And corruption achieved one of the highest levels in Europe.

Protests during National Holiday "Ohi Day" in Athens in the Financial District. On every street in Athens stand specially prepared absorbing riot police units. Each even the smallest congregation of people is controlled by the fear of anti-government demonstrations.

Financial District in Athens

Desperate unemployed Greek at Syntagma Square in Athens. One of the biggest problems with crisis in Greece is the great Greek public sector employment. 1 on 10 people of Greek population working for state money. Virtually all of them were already fired or just waiting for dismissal in the near future.

Protests during National Holiday "Ohi Day" in Athens in the Financial District.

Protests during National Holiday "Ohi Day" in Athens in the Financial District. Police detained several protesters demanding jobs.

Protests during National Holiday "Ohi Day" in Athens in the Financial District.

Financial District in Athens - National Bank of Greece

Due to the strike of cleaning company, in Greece on the streets are tons of garbage.

The organization Doctors of the World in Athens. People waiting for medication. Because of the crisis, the number of people whom the organization must support grows rapidly.

Financial District in Athens

Financial District in Athens. Athens resident raises his hand in a gesture of Fascists in front of the parliament. The Greeks say that everyone in Greece feel the same, once again we fighting against fascism. We do not care where this fascism comes from. At the moment we live in a country with a financial-fascist occupation, followed by the banks throughout the world. Banks occupy us and we want to fight with this new form of fascism.

Kolonaki - a district inhabited by rich people. All young people in greece are angry, politicians require them to pay money that they do not have, for people who are fully responsible for the current situation in Greece. Anger is all the greater beacuse virtually every rich man in Greece pays no taxes. They say: "Everyone who can avoid it, combines" And corruption achieved one of the highest levels in Europe.

Protests during National Holiday "Ohi Day" in Athens in the Financial District.

Financial District in Athens

Tourists on Acropolis

Family of a taxi driver Apostollis Papandreu, now they live very hard. They have the money only from the taxi, and the rising prices and taxes, are raised to them more and more burdensome.

Kolonaki - a district inhabited by rich people. All young people in greece are angry, politicians require them to pay money that they do not have, for people who are fully responsible for the current situation in Greece. Anger is all the greater beacuse virtually every rich man in Greece pays no taxes. They say: "Everyone who can avoid it, combines" And corruption achieved one of the highest levels in Europe.

financial District in Athens.

Protests during National Holiday "Ohi Day" in Athens in the Financial District.

Around Omonoia Square - the former financial district, has become now one of the poorest regions. It settled by immigrants from musslim countries and Africa.

Young lawyer in the Financial District.

A Greek, a Portuguese and an Irishman meet at a bar. Who will pay the bill ? A German. This is a joke told around Athens nowadays. For many years Greek governments increased spending despite unability to settle the public debt reaching now the amount of 300 billion euros. But that is not the sole problem. The Greek economy crises is also due to the corruption that pervades every corner of day to day life in the country. Transparency International proves that bribery, patronage and other public corruption costs Greece 8% of its GDP annually, placing the country among top of the list of countries drowning in systemic corruption. The Greeks are angry; they face massive cuts in the public sector jobs, pay cuts, taxes increase and extreme prices for basic articles in stores. They have divided into two fractions; the ones that the crises touches most that form majority of the country’s population and the private sector, together with the Greek elite and fuelled by corruption that allows more spending. Athens have become a small Moscow, where a visiable line exists between the poor and the financial district wealth. Middle-class on verge to dissappear, with average monthly income of 700 euros per capita. Doctors of the World admit that the number of Greeks in need of basic help including medicine and food dramatically increases. Last year they treated thousand patients. This year over two thousand and rising. I have a problem answering the question wheather to help and if, then how much? I do not feel alone with this dilemma. For many years the citizens of Socrates’s country enjoyed high standard of living, spending money left and right. Although Greece’s budget deficit exceeded goverment estimates and finances where provided by emission of bonds, the real financial situation of Athens was meticulously concealed. It is a ride without a ticket with the responsibility placed on other passangers, ticket holders of course. I do understand that the blame is on politicians, society, banks for their sumptuous lifestyle. Two and a half thousand years ago a certain Greek, Arystotheles, said, “… It is best to part with life like with from a feast: neither thirsty or drunk…” and I can not understand why these words were not taken by the hearts and minds of his fellow countrymen.