On 29 January 1948, as part of a mass program of political suppression a sixteen-year-old girl – who still alive today but wish to stay anonimous – was arrested with her mother and sent into exile. After spending a year in a distant prison camp, she was transfered to a place called the ‘Special School for the Reeducation of Women’. Here, and in a subquent prison camp, she was subjected to a brutal regime of indoctrination and torture until she eventually agreed to sign a declaration of repentance from her previous political beliefs


These events din not take place behind the Iron Curtain, but in Greece. The prision camps were not in Kazakhstan or Siberia, but in the Agean Sea, on the islands of Ikaria, Tikeri and Makrosinos – places not dedicatated to Communist presecution but to the presecution of Communists. The girl in question was from a family known to have left-wing views, and as such was considered a danger to Greek state.”


Greece, like many contries in the western side of the western side of the Curtain, also deported tens of thousands of political suspects abroad to the Middle East, care of the British, rather than to Siberia care of the Soviets. Government-backed militias subjected large parts of the population to waves of rape, looting and murder that were every bit as random and brutal as anything that happened in eastern Europe.


The Greak right, like the Communists in eastern Europe, used both the media and the courts to demonize and punish their political opponents. Neither were they aborve sabotaging the democratic process. The Greek elections in March 1946 were marred by abstentions and intimidation of the electorate, just as elections on the Baltic States were; and the referendum on restoring the Greek monarchy later the same year was every bit as rigged as the elections in Romania.

In each case such behaviour was possible only because the dominant authority had the backing of a foreign superpower. Behind the Iron Curtain it was the Soviet Union who dictated the actions of the Communists, while in Greece it was the British, and latter the Americans, who guaranteed the actions of the right.”

Do Capítulo 28 (The Cold War Mirror), Keith Lowe in Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II; Viking, 2012 e como complemento ao post do Insurgente Uma Início Auspicioso onde se dá  conta de mais uma preocupação para a Europa: «Alexis Tsipras encerrou ontem o discurso de apresentação do programa de governo,afirmando que “irá reclamar a indemnização de danos causados pela Alemanha durante a segunda guerra mundial“». 

Isto, que o cronista relata, é sem dúvida preocupante. E se o tipo Tsipras se lembra não só o reclamar de indemnização ao bastião do nazismo pelos danos do início de quarenta mas também aos bastiões da democracia pelos do final da década?

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