Greece was all over the news in 2014 and 2015.

You might remember hearing about the new radical left party Syriza, the referendum, and the demonstrations and violence in the streets. So what happened? Mistrusting the mainstream narrative coming from western media outlets, and suspicious of the abrupt end to most news coverage, we traveled to Athens to get an on-the-ground look at what was going on in the aftermath of the Greek debt crisis and the turbulent events that had built up over the last few years in the country.

In this episode, our team takes listeners on a tour of Athens, from street demonstrations in the anarchist neighborhood of Exarchia to many of the occupations, or "squats," that have been emerging in Athens as part of the larger solidarity movement. You'll hear from Greek activist Maria Scordialos and economist James Galbraith, who offer their unique perspectives. 

How are neighborhoods and communities taking their wellbeing into their own hands? What does Greek-style grassroots resistance looks like? Listen below to find out. 

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A version of this post was originally published on P2P Foundation.

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