GRIEKS PROTEST SCHIET ZICHZELF IN DE VOET
De tragische dood van drie mensen in de bank in Athene die in brand werd gestoken tijdens protesten tegen de soberheidsmaatregelen zal hopelijk diegenen die het gooien van brandbommen in gebouwen vol mensen een zinnige vorm van verzet vinden doen begrijpen dat ze zo in de kaarten van hun tegenstander spelen. Premier Papandreoe was er als de kippen bij om politieke munt te slaan uit de tragedie. Als ik geneigd zou zijn om in samenzweringstheorieen te geloven, zou ik denken dat de regering er zelf achter zat want zij haalt er profijt uit. Maar het lijkt waarschijnlijker dat het gewoon jonge heethoofden waren die de brand stichtten, zonder na te denken over de gevolgen. “Moordenaars”, noemde Papandreoe hen, een woord dat hij nooit gebruikte als politieagenten iemand neerknalden. Moord veronderstelt intentie om te doden, die was er in dit geval wellicht niet. “Onvrijwillige doodslag” zou juister geweest zijn maar dat paste minder goed in Papandreoe’s betoog. Niettemin, hen treft schuld. Maar hen niet alleen. Hebt u zich ook afgevraagd hoe een simpel brandbommetje een heel bankgebouw in de fik kon zetten? Ik begreep het al wat beter na lezing van onderstaande brief van een personeelslid van de bank in kwestie, geschreven op 5 mei.
“I feel an obligation toward my co-workers who have so unjustly died today to speak out and to say some objective truths. I am sending this message to all media outlets. Anyone who still bares some consciousness should publish it. The rest can continue to play the government’s game.
The fire brigade had never issued an operating license to the building in question. The agreement for it to operate was under the table, as it practically happens with all businesses and companies in Greece.
The building in question has no fire safety mechanisms in place, neither planned nor installed ones – that is, it has no ceiling sprinklers, fire exits or fire hoses. There are only some portable fire extinguishers which, of course, cannot help in dealing with extensive fire in a building that is built with long-outdated security standards.
No branch of Marfin bank has had any member of staff trained in dealing with fire, not even in the use of the few fire extinguishers. The management also uses the high costs of such training as a pretext and will not take even the most basic measures to protect its staff.
There has never been a single evacuation exercise in any building by staff members, nor have there been any training sessions by the fire-brigade, to give instructions for situations like this. The only training sessions that have taken place at Marfin Bank concern terrorist action scenarios and specifically planning the escape of the banks’ “big heads” from their offices in such a situation.
The building in question had no special accommodation for the case of fire, even though its construction is very sensitive under such circumstances and even though it was filled with materials from floor to ceiling. Materials which are very inflammable, such as paper, plastics, wires, furniture. The building is objectively unsuitable for use as a bank due to its construction.
No member of security has any knowledge of first aid or fire extinguishing, even though they are every time practically charged with securing the building. The management of the bank strictly barred the employees from leaving today, even though they had persistently asked so themselves from very early this morning – while they also forced the employees to lock up the doors and repeatedly confirmed that the building remained locked up throughout the day, over the phone. They even blocked off their internet access so as to prevent the employees from communicating with the outside world.
For many days now there has been some complete terrorisation of the bank’s employees in regard to the mobilisations of these days, with the verbal “offer”: you either work, or you get fired.- An employee of Marfin Bank [greek original]
We vonden deze brief op de blog Occupied London