They say the first step to solve a problem is to realize it exists. The second step is to realize that you can actually do something about it. Despite the total blackout from Greek mainstream media, the downing of the original Facebook group about the event, and the fact that it was really organized within just 72 hours, today's gatherings in every big city all around Greece shows that simple thing: yes, it is possible that important things happen outside the major media, yes there are many, MANY people that feel the same way and YES, it is important that we do something about it.
The fact that the event is still muted in all the major TV and radio stations, despite the 50.000 or more protesters, despite that these people were standing there peacefully for more than 5 whole hours, despite that the journalists' union is not on strike today as it always does, every single time, in days of demonstrations, it shows that something different is going on here.
It's not the start of the solution. It's not even the beginning of starting to figure out a solution. But it certainly is the necessary first step, a change of perception of things, and a great lesson for younger people that get it right now, early on, so that they will not make the same mistakes in the near future.
I can't imagine what would happen if Rage Against The Machine had a concert here in Greece right now and Zack de la Rocha had given the same speech as he did in Dublin, exactly one year back. Perhaps nothing. Perhaps 500k or more instead of 50k people on the streets:
You know I've been, I've been getting really frustrated turning on the news recently and listening to all this mainstream talk.
All this talk about Ireland, and all this talk about Portugal, and all this talk about Spain, and all this talk about Greece.
And all they seem to be saying is: 'aw the people in Ireland & Spain & Greece & Portugal aw they have it too easy'
And the very companies that run these stations like CNN profited so greatly from the housing trouble and crisis that they created, the very people that created the tensions and created the economic recession, are the first to blame YOU for the reason that came about!
And I'm sick of them saying this over and over again, knowing full well that the reason we have pensions; that the reason we have vacations; that the reason why we have eight hour work days is precisely because of the kind of actions that our brothers and sisters in Greece are taking right now!
People are taking to the streets against the wealthy class who've been robbing us all for years.
And in the face of all this propaganda I wanna say:
We have to unite here in Europe!
We have to unite here in Europe!!
Across ethnic lines, Across religious difference, Across racial lines!
Because now the lines are clear
IT'S US AGAINST THE WEALTHY PLAIN AND SIMPLE!
ITS TIME TO WAKE UP!!
Zack de la Rocha's speech from 'Wake Up',
Live from O2 at Dublin, Ireland, June 8th 2010