“Coming Soon: Greece” was the name of the hourly mini-documentary, which aired a couple of days ago on BBC3 and presented by Stacey Dooley.
Stacey traveled to Greece to find out herself exactly how severe the austerity measures are and how these have affected the Greek population; needless to say, she was really shocked to discover a very harsh reality; a reality that’s not only crippling the Greek economy, but it’s literally creating a chaos in the lives of everyday people.
In fact, Stacey was brave enough to participate in a street protest organized by the movement “We Do Not Pay” having as a companion her friend Konstantinos, a 25-year-old post graduate struggling to find a job and now an activist whom she met while there. What she thought was a peaceful demonstration turned out to be a violent march. Police without any warning started firing tear gas to disperse the public who had gathered outside the Greek Parliament to protest against the severe measures imposed on them and…well the rest is history!
Stacey and some of her team managed to find shelter in one of the hotels nearby, only to “watch” the spectacle from the balcony taking cover AT ALL TIMES and being careful not to be hurt by the molotofs that were literally flying in the air. The police, ofcourse, when asked refused to make any kind of statement and tried to prevent her filming, only to aggravate the protesters even more.
Stacey Dooley didn’t stop there though! She visited the Greek Parliament and tried to arrange a meeting with one of the existing government’s representatives, only to be seen by a lady named Olga, who was actually part of the committee voting for the referendum whether to stay in the euro or not. Her answer was just a blunt, We had to make a difficult choice and a catastrophic one,” which encapsulated how indifferent the Greek government was towards the problems they have created in the first place.
The conclusion is something we all know deep down inside, and Stacey has realized it just by her single visit–the system must change and this change must happen now. We cannot possibly have a European country being reduced to shambles, and the youth must take over this country that is bleeding in the hands of all those who are incompetent and unable to help it anymore.