Greek Independence Day: Government Severely Restricts Anti‑Austerity Protests

A tip of the hat to l’Enfant de la Haute Mer, whose post Fortress Athens outlines the basics of the Greek government’s planned restrictions apparently imposed on Greece’s recent Independence Day, a day which marked Greece’s uprising against the Ottoman Empire in 1821. Her last post was before the day; I hope (and presume) she is healthy and not incarcerated.

I started to write a post about the massive police presence in central Athens on Greek Independence Day, a presence which apparently even the police themselves didn’t really want, but the WaPoo stopped me from reading their post-Independence-Day article and the Guardian, amazingly, had only one flippant reference in a blog. Eventually I found a NYT AP article with some information, but I have a policy of not quoting Dissociated Press articles because they love to send their lawyers to hassle people, so you can just go read it yourself. (I told you earlier that I was cranky today! Watch out, or I’ll throw bitter oranges at you. 🙂 )

If I had a newer computer that allowed me to have more than three web pages open at a time without delaying matters by sometimes literally 5 minutes per update, I’d research the results further. But I just don’t have the patience today. If you have a newer computer and/or subscriptions to the relevant sites, by all means, find out what happened.

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  • L’Enfant de la Haute Mer  On Thursday March 29, 2012 at 10:56 am

    I am healthy and not incarcerated, thank you and God.
    In fact, very very few have been incarcerated, as there has not been many people in the streets.
    From, another point of view, it is rather the “officials” who have been in the cage!!

    I appreciate your very good sense of humor, although the situation over here is tragicomic..

    • Steve  On Thursday March 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Enfant, thank God and the Greek people that you are well. I hadn’t thought of it that way, but yes, of course, the officials are the ones truly locked in; they have thousands of people angry at them, and it would take only one who is irrational to inflict serious damage. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that… and that the Greek government resumes representing the Greek people!

      I wonder if those oranges would make good marmalade, which after all needs a bit of bitterness, usually obtained by adding small pieces of rind. I love marmalade; just don’t bother feeding any to my partner Stella, who prefers her jams cloyingly sweet…

  • MandT  On Thursday March 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    We are glad you are safe L’Enfant and stand in solidarity behind you and the Greek people. Sounds as if fascism has once again descended on your beautiful land,

  • L’Enfant de la Haute Mer  On Thursday March 29, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    here is the receipt:

    2 pounds of peel/ skin of Bitter Oranges
    2 pounds of sugar
    1 lemon

    We wash the bitter oranges with water. We dry and rub with a grater to remove some of their outer surface. Then we cut vertically (like earth meridians) and remove the pieces of peel. We take one by one peel, roll it with the white part inside and pass a needle with thread (or with a toothpick). After passing all the pieces in the thread and fasten well, we boil them in plenty of water until soft. Then put them in cold water for a whole day and change the water every 3-4 hours until the bitter oranges loose their bitterness. We drain well, spread on a towel and remove the thread. Then, we place them in a saucepan, covering them with the sugar and 1 cup of water. Boil the sweet until the liquid becomes like honey. A few minutes before finishing, we add the lemon juice. We let them cool and place in a clean, dry jar.

    and the photo:

    Do you have bitter oranges?

    • Steve  On Thursday March 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks for the recipe, Enfant!

      I do not know if we have bitter oranges here, but I’ll bet that Fallenmonk (see blogroll) does… he’s the “foodie” in this virtual neighborhood. I’ve left a message for him, asking if he knows of a source. If not, we have an excellent international grocery store in Houston, called Fiesta; if they don’t have the oranges, they may have commercially prepared Greek marmalade. Fiesta happens to be my early-voting location as well, so I’ll be there for the primaries… which will happen whenever Texas and the federal courts agree on districts!

  • L’Enfant de la Haute Mer  On Thursday March 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Greece’s austerity doesn’t extend to its arms budget:

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