Estamos despiertos! – We are awake!

A peacefull rally of 25000 people at Syntagma sq. a la “Puerta del Sol” way. The rally was organized during the last 24 hours through Facebook and was held in all major Greek cities. The spark that led to this rally was the Spanish slogan heard in Spain “Don’t make much noise, you’ll wake up the Greeks”.
Greeks woke up finally and gathered together in large numbers in 38 major Greek cities, stating that they are no more indifferent at what is happening to them, because of the austerity measures their government keeps pushing. The uniqueness of this rally was that no political parties were involved as many Greeks believe that their current politicians are quite useless to save their country from poverty and misery. It was the first major rally organized exclusively through Facebook and everyone who participated stated that it was a big success. A large number of the participants stayed through the night at Syntagma sq. and renewed their participation for today the 26th of May. All the formal mass media ignored or snobbed the gathering untill they were obliged by their audiences and the mass of the people who participated, to cover it.

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Estamos despiertos!

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Missing the forest

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You were saying?

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Good joke

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The dogs

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What time is it? It’s time for you to leave.

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The Red and the Blue

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Ice-cream, you scream

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Red blob of paint

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The Break

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My eyes have seen you

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Ratatuille helmet

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Best seats taken

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Revolution can’t wait

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Disgusted

for no obvious reason

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His first rally

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Visible

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Cigarette break

Maids of a luxurious hotel having an outside smoke.

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Stray poser

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Catch me big guy

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Pass me that water

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Garbage

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Useless, all of them!

He was adressing the politicians.

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We were many…

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Even when the night came…

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…We were still many…

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…And many stayed through the whole night!

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Published in the Photojournalistic site Demotix.com: http://www.demotix.com/node/704687

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31 Responses to Estamos despiertos! – We are awake!

  1. salvadorbanyo says:

    we are well pissed off with our politicians aswell mate. Realize about it that protests are not going to help us on any way. The world today doesn’t care what citizens want. They think that as long as we have our TV, McDonalds and Ikea they are save.

  2. efsevios says:

    Hello to all and ty for the interest about my country
    I am from Greece i am 26 years old i am married and my wife is pregnant

    Our schools are awful we pay private learning for our children from 9 years old until they get 23

    Our health system is awful if i want to get examined i will call them today and they say to go in 40 days so i go to private again

    There are millions immigrants in my country

    There are no factories left in my country we had many but now all went to Turkey Fyrom and BG for cheap salaries

    Our politicians are traitors and thieves

    The 15 % of the population work on the state
    you go to their office to take any paper and you need hours to take it

    And the last is that i work for 4 hours everyday and my salary is 380 euros

    THE 10% OF THE POPULATION LIKE THIS SITUATION AND THEY RULE

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  4. Mary Bloom says:

    The photos are great in telling the story and showing the atmosphere of the streets in this crisis. People all over feel frustrated by this unwise change of money doubling the price of goods but not the income… For me as a tourist this is frustating too Greece, Italy or Ireland use to be cheaper and that was so great I heard that even Portugal which I was thinking to visit this year is very expensive now because of the Euro. Tought times !!

  5. steppeland says:

    Marvellous series! Some truly great shots among them!

  6. Mary says:

    Great set Stammy, you did an awesome work both documenting the rally, its atmosphere and purpose, and also capturing decisive moments street-wise. I really enjoyed this mixed approach to the gathering.
    As for the rally, I do hope that it will receive attention and that it will lead to some real effect and changement. I hope the movement will spread to many other countries too!

    • Stamatis Gr says:

      There is an effort to spread the movement all over Europe. You’ll see it in FB. Today is the 3d day here in Athens. I’ll try to be there again, though the weather is definetly against us :(
      Yesterday my daughter went downtown. There were lots of people despite the heavy rain!

  7. Jack070 says:

    Good set, I think that it shows the feelings well.

    Could still do better thought. I know that it’s not your style, but going a bit closer with focused portraits would make the whole set more emotional and in-depth. Just my technical thought :)

    As I have said, in the terms of coverage it’s really good, needed and well-done.

    • Stamatis Gr says:

      I know what you mean, but as you said I prefer to focus also in the environment which gives context to my subjects.
      You can say that I’m used to a “streetish” approach of what I see :D
      Thank you very much for the visit and comment!

      • Jack070 says:

        Sure your approach is “Streetish”, so is mine, I think. But lately I’ve started to see that diversification serves the whole stories really well. A portrait, a little detail, maybe the landscape (background of the event), they all can make the set stronger.
        Thus the thought :)

        • Stamatis Gr says:

          Good thinking! Maybe I’ll try it next time. So far, I’m used to shooting individual pictures, but when you have to set a story, your way sounds better.

  8. Susan Keiser says:

    Wonderful coverage of this momentous day. The mainstream press will have to take notice soon…

  9. dave beaty says:

    Wonderful images Stamatis.. nice to see peace..peaceful demonstrations in large numbers cannot be ignored!!

    • Stamatis Gr says:

      I hope they won’t be ignored David! Or else we’ll have to do them again and again, until they listen! thank you for your comment and your visit!

  10. AludA says:

    This reminded me of what first happened in Egypt, though each country has its own ‘unique’ situation. Amazing set :) I wonder how it feels to be part of these events!
    Thank you for posting.

    • Stamatis Gr says:

      Thank you for visiting and commenting! It sure feels great to be part of such an event!
      It would be even greater though if events like that, could change our situation :)

  11. Painted Elk says:

    Great social documentary series, Stamatis. Strong pictures that say more than words.
    Good your people is awake. It is time the people in my country (Belgium) wakes up to.
    We had elections last year in June, and still have no government. We are the world record holders of the longest government formation. Meanwhile, the interim government does nothing but the ministers wages are still getting paid, of course. And the weakest class in our society has to pay more taxes than ever before… It is time for some serious protests here to.
    But apart from that : fantastic photography…

    • Stamatis Gr says:

      Thank you so very much for the comment and the visit!
      All countries should rise against the nasty game, bankers are playing upon our backs.
      Our government has no power to rule the country, they are under IMF occupation.
      The weakest classes are close to misery because they have no means of resisting.Taxes have drained them out.
      We are not P.I.G.S. we are hard working people, outraged from the way our hard earned money has been stolen by our corrupt politicians and by the multi-national bankers.
      I’ve been watching the Belgian situation and really didn’t look good at me. The major part of Europe is in a real mess, and it’s time for people from all countries to start communicating and share their problems which most of them are common.

  12. Damien C. says:

    Bloody awesome set.
    The Spanish slogan is totally inadmissible. Let’s see who’s door the FMI will knock on later. In times like these, nations should unite. So stupid and petty.
    Love the “Estamos despiertos!” response.

    • Stamatis Gr says:

      Thanks a lot bro! Inadmissible or not, it was what brought us out in the streets with NO political parties involved!
      Many participants shouted: “make as much noise as possible so the Irish wake up too!”
      It’s awesome to communicate as nations under the same fate.

      • Damien C. says:

        We have an incompetent government, but in many aspects, a lot of what’s going on it’s commerce fault. An example: before the Euro, a cup of coffee cost 50 Escudos. The day after, it cost 50 cents, which is EXACTLY the double. Our people took advantage of our people. It’s ridiculous. What cost 100 escudos started having price tags of 1€, The double again… now we complain… fucking stupid.. So I have grown a but of “I don’t care” to many shop owners who complain about the crisis.
        But the inefficiency of our government is absolutely ridiculous. The cut on salaries and raise taxes, still they renew their automobile fleet of hundreds of thousands of Euros, they increase politicians benefits and retirement ages for them is about 8 years in service. We need a fucking revolution. Elections next week and the ratings show the socialist government may win again. We are a bunch of submissive fools.

        • Stamatis Gr says:

          Exactly the same things all over! Before the euro a 500ml bottle of water cost 100 drachmas. After the euro it cost 50 cents which is almost the double.
          Shop owners here have dropped their prices in order to survive. You can have a coffee, a cheese pie and a botlle of water for 1 euro. Still, many people cannot afford that.
          Things like that, made us go out in the streets. The majority of the people who rallied yesterday were people who abstained from the last elections as they had no party to vote for.
          Still, abstaining is not a solution, because the same corrupt people get elected again and again.

          • Mary says:

            here a coffee used to cost 1000 lire and now costs 1 € (=1993 lire). Everything doubled in costs, except the wages of employees and the pensions. We are all in the same – sinking – boat

            • Damien C. says:

              How screwed is that?? So it was a global attitude. How could we have ever been able to cope with that? Now we’re paying the cost of our own stupidity.

            • Stamatis Gr says:

              When a boat sinks the mice leave it first. I hope they’ll do the same in our occasion. Maybe then we’ll save the ship!

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