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Hello from the occupied hospital in Kilkis

February 26, 2012

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Hello all,

Thank you so much for your interest and support.
The occupation of our hospital in Kilkis by its workers started on
Monday, February 20th, 8:30 local time (see article).

This occupation is not only about us, the physicians and the workers
at the Kilkis Hospital. Neither is it only about the Greek National
Health System, which is collapsing, indeed. We are in this fight
because what is in real danger now is the human rights and our lives.
And this threat is not against just a nation, or against a few
countries, or a few social groups, but against the low and middle
classes in Europe, America, Asia, Africa, in the whole world.
Today’s Greece, is tomorrow’s picture of Portugal, Spain, Italy and
the rest of the countries worldwide.

The workers at the Kilkis Hospital and at most of the hospitals and
health centers in Greece are not paid on time and some of them see
their salaries being cut down to practically zero. A fellow-worker of
mine was transferred to our cardiological clinic almost in shock, when
he realized that instead of receiving the usual check of 800 euros
(yes, that is his monthly salary) from the state, he received a note
saying that not only he will be paid nothing for this month, but he is
also has the obligation to return 170 euros! Other workers were paid
only 9 (nine) or 4 euros and even less for this month! Those of us who
still receive some kind of a salary will support them in any way we can.
This is a war against the people, against the whole community. Those
who say that the public debt of Greece is the debt of the Greek people
are lying. It is not the people’s debt. It was created by the
governments in collaboration with the bankers in order to enslave

The loans to Greece are not used for salaries, pensions and public
care. It is exactly the opposite: salaries, pensions and care are used
to pay the bankers. They are lying. Contrary to what they declare,
they do not want a debt-free society.

They create the debts themselves (with the help of corrupt governments
and politicians) for their own benefit. They gave Greece a banker as
prime minister to ensure that the “job” will be done properly. Our
Prime Minister Loukas Papadimos was not elected at all. He was
appointed by the ECB and the bankers with the help of European and
Greek corrupt politicians. This is their interpretation of the term

The debts are created by bankers who create money out of thin air and
collect interest, just because our governments gave them the right to
do so. And they keep saying that for those debts it is you and me and
our children and grandchildren that will have to pay with our personal
and national assets, with our lives. We do not owe them anything. On
the contrary, they owe the people a great part of the fortunes they
made thanks to the political corruption.

If we do not open our eyes to this truth, we will soon all become
slaves, working for 200 or less a month. That is those of us who will
be able to find a job!

No medical care, no pensions, homeless and starving, as now is the
case with my fellow citizens in Greece. Thousands of them live
outdoors and starve.

We have no intention to paint the reality with dark colors, but this
is the truth. This situation is not due to a financial or monetary
accident or mistake. It is the start of the ugly phase of a long
process following a carefully designed plan, a process that has
started decades ago! We have to fight together against this neoliberal
plan. And this is what we, in Kilkis and in so many cities around the
world, do now.

For the time being, we are not considering the opening of a donations
account. We might, however need to do this in a few months or even
weeks, if the situation might be worse. What we currently need most of
all is moral support and publicity. Local struggles all around the
world have to spread and gain massive support if we are to win the war
against the corrupt system. If you can think of any additional ways to
spread our news and ideas, it would be great!
Again, we can’t thank you enough for your kind thoughts and words.This
solidarity of yours has a great meaning to us.

You can contact us at the following mail address:


Leta Zotaki,

Director of the radiological department, of Kilkis Hospital
Member of the workers general assembly,
President of E.N.I.K. (Union of the Doctors of Greek National Health
Care System in Kilkis)