Greek police not busy roughing up protesting doctors and nurses shepherded teams of VIPs around the capital’s government offices. They’re looking for any old thing to sell but what’s already on the block has yet to be revealed to the general public, namely; petroleum reserves, surface coal and proven mines with nearly endless minerals.
Our mole at the Greek Ministry of Finance informs us that asset claimants have submitted their wish list and it’s not pretty. Forget the islands, while it may be widely speculated that Hellenic paranoia is running rampant due to the imminent loss of 111 tonnes of gold bars to the IMF, rest assured there’s plenty more, right under their feet.
“The Divine Bounty has bestowed upon us inexhaustible mines of silver, and advantages which we enjoy above all our neighbouring cities, who never yet could discover one vein of silver ore in all their dominions.” XENOPHON
That’s right, they also have unexploited silver reserves as well, which have been mostly restricted from operating due to environmental regulations. The recent blips of reported violence from protesters in Keratea, a stone’s throw from the ancient mines at Laurion are due to the government’s desire to construct a landfill. The broadsheets report the story their way but the real action is on Facebook’s We Are Change Greece.
They don’t buy any of the schemes for a rubbish dump on their doorstep and wonder why it includes approved hazardous waste dumping. Cough, cough, wouldn’t want anyone poking around the site should something precious and shiny surface one day!
Athens could have chosen from hundreds of other sites but somehow prefer the ‘contractor’ to start digging up the ancient El Dorado, how strange. Do the waste management experts have a corporate relationship with any mining interests? Time will surely tell but for now, the world is waiting for the Greeks to set the template in this epoch of turmoil. Politicians who sold the country out when nobody was looking may have to face the music, dance the dance, at the end of a rope by the looks of it.