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  • Editorial: A society in despair

    We may not have the massive protests and demonstrations of the past, but disappointment is the predominant sense in society.

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    Editorial: A society in despair | tovima.gr

    Beyond the preference for particular parties and projections of the electoral result, what emerges from recent opinion polls is disappointment, anger, rage, and above all a lack of hope in the vast majority of society.

    Prime Minister Tsipras himself witnessed that yesterday with the protests and denunciations he met with from workers and the unemployed in Thessaloniki.

    Despite the efforts of the government to present a success story and to create the impression that the bailout memorandums are ending and that growth is on its way, the majority of citizens not only is not persuaded, but they also express their dissatisfaction wherever and however they can.

    We may not have the massive protests and demonstrations of the past, but disappointment is the predominant sense in society.

    How could it be otherwise, when for an extremely large segment of society, the conditions of survival are absolutely marginal?

    According to Eurostat data released yesterday, pitifully, Greece is third from the top in the list of European countries, in terms of the percentage of the population that experiences want of material and social goods.

    Beyond the extremely high unemployment level, even those who managed to find a job are employed in part-time or seasonal positions, with monthly salaries that do not exceed 500 euros.

    The triumphant declarations of government members by now persuade very few people. Citizens who live their daily Golgotha are no longer satisfied with words and promises, all the more so because the hopes that Syriza had cultivated were woefully disproved.

    The citizens do not trust the government. Politics does not inspire or mobilise them. People overall have understood that it will take quite a few years to recover and exit the tunnel in which they find themselves.

    It is true that disappointment and rage are not the best counsel. Society also needs hope, a vision, and a real plan for a better tomorrow.

    The question is who will be able to shape and support such conditions.

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