Getting a bit of events, perhaps, but it's going to need a thread of its own soon enough, so I'd like this to be it. I got back from there this week, and it's a ****ing mess. Lethal political violence, warring militias, a government kept in power purely by the police's use of force, the civil service occupying their ministries and calling for the downfall of the government: a mess. Today, Greece's most sacred day: "Thousands of anti-austerity protesters jammed the centre of the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Friday, forcing the cancellation of an annual military parade and the hasty departure of the president and defence minister from the dignitaries stand. Carolos Papoulias, the 82-year-old head of state, was heard saying Shame, shame, as he was escorted from the platform by security officers, according to Greek television commentators. It was the first time in memory that the event had been called off because of fears of violent popular unrest, the commentators said." Greek protests scupper military parade - FT.com "Police clashed with members of the neo-fascist Chrysi Avgi group outside the Grand Bretagne hotel at Syntagma Square. There were reports that some extremists attacked migrants in central Athens." ekathimerini.com | Protesters force Thessaloniki parade to be cancelled Not an exciting post for now, but the first, I fear, of a soon-to-be-thriving thread. The countdown to a gendarmerie-led 'national unity government' starts now, I think.