Greece Demonstrates for Dancing Bruce!
The Demonstration in
Athens on September 21 was an amazing show of solidarity with it's
little sister in America. What was originally billed as a demonstration
in protest of the low teacher's salaries, amazed the spectators(as
well as some of the demonstrators) as the reason for the demonstration
"It was brought
to our attention late that a delegation from Carrboro, Nort Carolena
was in town. We had a chance to meet with them", the demonstration
coordinator explained, "and we when they explained to us the
very unfortunate situation in America, we thought we had to show
our solidarity. America had been the shining beacon of a process
we, The Greeks, started 2500 years ago. The least we could do is
show our support!"
The "Let Bruce Dance"
signs being held by marching Greek teachers and students left The
Carrboro News with a feeling of hope. "Today we saw thousands
marching for Bruce. We're hoping for a similar response in Carrboro,
but there is only a small window of opportunity. We've already started
football season, we're heading into the World Series and before
long, it will be Tar Heel Basketball season. Add to that the reruns
of The Simpsons, Reality Shows and Soap Operas and we'll be hardpressed
to get any sizable group together, but perhaps we can get a video
of this demonstration broadcast over the Community Radio Station!"
Syntagma Square show their support for Dancing Bruce of Carrboro.
Who would have thought that the residents of one of the great
cities of Europe would come to the rescue of Dancing Bruce?
By all counts the number
of demonstrators was in the 20,000 person range, larger than even
the total population of Carrboro. The fact that there were more
people at this demonstration than live in Carrboro, led one entrepreneur
to start a new business "Demos R Us". The concept being
that if your town or city is not large enough to have a sizable
demonstration that will rock public opinion, then you can hire a
city that does! The details are being worked out for the sliding
scale fee payment system, but there is also the possibility that
they will move the demonstrations to a more virtual realm, which
will cut expenses immensely. It's a lot cheaper to set up a virtual
demonstration than to hire marchers, policemen, the riot squad and
spectators to the demonstration!
The demonstrators, giddily
happy about the turnout approached the Carrboro News delegation
about having the whole demonstration flown to Carrboro. The Carrboro
News concurred that it was a great idea and since there was no hotel
in Carrboro, the prospect of having 20,000 Greek demonstrators sleeping
on the streets of Carrboro would certainly bring attention to their
cause! Shortly after that the demonstration was closed down by the
riot police.(see next story- Dancing
Bruce Demonstration Riot)