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Greeks threatened with power cuts if they fail to pay property tax

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posted on Oct, 31 2011 @ 11:41 AM
link to guardian article

Announcing the measure in a desperate attempt to plug a budget black hole, the finance ministry warned that failure to pay the tax would automatically result in power supplies being disconnected.

All this really does is hurt the poor and middle class in Greece, many of whom probably have little or nothing to do with the inflation of the Greek debt.

Personally, you can really tell how much these government cronies care about their citizenry when they're threatening to cut people's power off when the Northern hemisphere is heading into winter.

With thousands of electricity bills yet to be printed, militant unionists at the public power corporation, DEH, who recently took over the company's printing press, have threatened to step up action. "We are not going to do the government's dirty work," railed Nikos Fotopoulos who heads the union. "Electricity is a social commodity, not a means to collect taxes. We will do everything to ensure that unemployed people, poor people do not have their electricity cut."

I find this an interesting concept because I know that power companies in the U.S. routinely have to be scolded to *not* cut off people's power, even if the occupant is an 85 year old semi-disabled grandmother and it's 100 degrees outside.
edit on 10/31/2011 by tothetenthpower because: --Mod Note-- EXE Tags.

posted on Oct, 31 2011 @ 11:53 AM
This is unconstitutional because our power supplier "DEH" is a private institution and can not be coupled with the Greek Revenue Service.

Which of course didn't bother the Greek Parliament

posted on Oct, 31 2011 @ 12:01 PM
Non payment of TAXES is the only PROTEST any government will hear. That is why i think OWS isn't going to make a difference. It will not make a difference how long any number of people sit in a park. If you want your government to listen stop paying taxes. What r they gonna do send the IRS after everyone lmao please, but then again it a good way to create jobs lmfao

posted on Oct, 31 2011 @ 12:08 PM
reply to post by AnIntellectualRedneck

Just another of many reasons to bust out the guillotines

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