October 20th, 2011
11:23 AM ET

Union member dies in protests in Greece

A union member taking part in anti-austerity protests has been killed, a Greek lawmaker tells the country's parliament as it votes on new austerity measures.

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  1. DubhBairn

    We are screwed!! The banks are tying us now to their bad debts!
    check the link below:
    HOLY BAILOUT – Federal Reserve Now Backstopping $75 Trillion Of Bank Of America's Derivatives Trades


    October 20, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Maria Greece

    Hello. I am from Greece, I live in Athens and I would like to make clear that the man who died fee hours ago, was not a union member – he was just one of us all – a poor guy with no job and no future. I am 30 years old, I have nothing to hope for and tonight I will be praying for this man and his family.

    October 20, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael in Greece

      further news confirmed that he was the secretary of the construction workers union PANE and that he died of heart attack... Possibly caused by inhaling smoke.
      I don't support the demonstrations... Bring on the austerity measures, before we bankrupt the country

      October 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Beautiful country, unique culture. Why can't they just get their act together?

    Condolences to the family, no one deserves this.

    October 20, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    My condolences to the family.
    Thank you, Maria, for your post.

    October 20, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    @ Maria Greece

    What is happening in Greece should be of deep concern to everyone . Tragic loss of life. Don't give up hope.

    October 20, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. pmk1953

    Why would it be necessary for anybody to state whether the poor guy was a union member? That's just anti-union bias being shown and agitated for. I've worked both union and non-union shops. I was treated better and paid more in the union shop. ~f it wasn't for unions, we wouldn't be having this discussion about healthcare. There wouldn't be any! Same thing with minimum wage, no unions, no minimum wage, no middle class. As the unions are being broken, so is the middle class.

    October 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    It doesn't matter if he was union or non-union, the fact of the matter is he died doing something he believed in.
    Whether one agrees with it or not is irelevant.
    He is just as dead.

    October 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |

    It could'nt be their work ethic, short days, early retirement

    October 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. George Malta

    Too many Greeks had it too good for too long. We've heard that there were millionaires who never paid income tax. Governments who to cling to power continued to borrow and burden the future generations. this is happening all over europe. Europe is in an awful state and it is the young who are going to shoulder the responsability. The banks should be given a lesson and Greece should default. It will serve the Eurocrats a lesson.

    October 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Isn't everyone in Greece a union member? I think the doctor hands you a card as soon as he cuts the umbilical cord.

    October 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      And for all the Bimbo haters out there who would love to give a witty retort to this, but lack the word skills, I'll get you started. Just fill in the blanks below and you can make the reply truly your own.

      Isn't everyone in Canada a ______________? I think the doctor hands you a _____ as soon as he cuts the umbilical cord.

      October 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    @Bimbo: lol!

    October 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |

    IS the U.S. Army obsolete: ? OR A.T.T. a bloated machine of DIVA unions like the U.S. military?

    How much DOES A.T.T. get in PORK contracts for DIVA Unions? LIKE PORK POLICE UNIONS...

    DIVA UNIONS... they are not like any other real unions in the world today: "members only"

    shhhhhhhhhhh... they hate PORK SPENDING unless its for THEM....

    October 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    MAD libs! I love it! You're not hated here; you're hilarious!

    October 20, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    This inciden also proves that the unification of Europe is a bad idea as both Adolf Hitler and Napoleon Bonaparte learned the hard way. Greece needs to leave the EU and go back to using the drachma instead of the Euro.The Communists also realized it some 20 years ago when they steped down in most Eastern European countries. The Greeks need to set up a replacement system as Capitalism is evidently not working there.

    October 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Not me.

      October 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gung hoe

    @bimbo I Love your post you crazy canuck but in your 608 post you stated that they were a capitolist nation where that couldnt be further from true they are a socialist country

    October 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      That wasn't me. I've been there and I know better. Good people, but a funny place. The unions are more powerful than corporations, so it is the opposite of North America.

      October 20, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      The problem is gung hoe, is that Greece is a very small country with few resorces which cannot pay all those billions of Euroes back after it borrowed them. Furthermore, they need to try a form of Maoism similar to that of China after the end of the civil war there in 1949 and they'd be better off by leaving the EU. But then again, so would Germany! The Germans, on the other hand, would do well by going back to the powerful Deutschmark which has been around since 921 AD!

      October 20, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
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