There hasn’t been terribly much in the mainstream press recently about Greece. The dominant narrative is that the country has been through severe austerity and punishing financial adjustment, but is emerging from the crisis, stamping out the fascist threat and slowly making its way back to normality, but the reality of life in Greece is very different.
Exarchia Square is the heart of the radical area of Athens. People come see friends, make plans, catch up on news, have a drink and hang out in relaxed surroundings, either in the square itself, or in one of the many bars which surround it.
This morning saw the anticipated eviction of Dale Farm. With the failure of the final appeal on Monday, the site was in a state of nervous apprehension. At 7am this morning an £18m operation to clear the area began. All done in the name of greenbelt and planning laws.
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