The view from one of the waterfront cafeterias
The french people are rioting all over the country blockading refineries and nuclear power stations protesting against labour reforms. One of their slogans is apparently ( facebook rumour but definitely hits home)
'We are not Greeks, we will not lie down and take this sh**' or something very similar, in french of course.
The greek people haven't rioted in quite a while. I guess we are all used to austerity after 6 years. Greece is an EU experiemnt gone wrong and no protest, molotov bomb throwing or blockade has made any difference since 2010 and is not likely to do so.
I hope the French rioters get their message across. There has been a suggestion the reforms may be 'modified'. France is hosting the Euro 2016 Football championships next month. A country in turmoil could cause a major embarrassment. France still has a state of emergency in place since the Paris attacks by islamist militants.
The makeshift refugee camp at Idomeni on the border with Skopje was cleared by the police in the last week. There were reported to have been 8,500 refugees remaining camped out there without any facilities. Stories of a brothel in an old railway carriage and drugs told just some of the problem. Refugees had settled in with their own shops and 'tavernas'.
The police moved thousands by bus to official camps around the country but many refused to leave, took their few possessions and walked to heaven knows where. Some will probably try and return. Police have cleared the area with bulldozers and opened the railway line through to the neighbouring country. This is Greece's main train freight line to the Balkans and has been closed by refugees camping on the tracks for months now.
No one from the press was allowed within 3ks of the area during the police operation.