In the campaign against mafia oligarchs you will find a summary of actions on this page.
At the moment we were in Greece for one week, where we were artistically active against oligarchy. We are planning ours
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The cradle of democracy is an oligarchy
Despite the devastating economic crisis, despite "reforms", Greece is still firmly in the hands of the oligarchs. The austerity policy reinforces this status quo and increases the power of the few over the many. With the blessing of the Troika, state assets are privatized and sold at a knockout price to a handful of powerful family clans.
In George Orwell's book 1984, the almighty Big Brother was watching over the citizens on giant posters and telescreens, showing who the boss was: a cruel, totalitarian state. The bosses of today, those who pull the strings behind the scenes, act much more insidious, inconspicuous and in secret. We are PixelHELPER, and we came to Athens in February to shed a huge light on those forgotten faces. We are here to denounce the grave injustice against the Greek people. Orwellian projections at the Bundestag, the former state lottery OPAP, the corporate headquarters of Motoroil Hellas and the Greek parliament, staged by PixelHELPER, ensure in Greek and international media that the hidden power of the oligarchs comes to the fore. Our interventions focus on two key figures of the Greek oligarchy.
Dimitris Melissanidis, nicknamed "Tiger", together with a Czech consortium of investors, was able to buy the state gambling monopoly OPAP for a fraction of its actual value. The sales process of OPAP is not questioned by the Greek media, as OPAP has one of the strongest if not the strongest media budgets in Greece, which seems to limit its influence within the Greek media. Journalists who question the power of Melissanidis have been intimidated in the past and even given death threats. Quite by accident, the former chairman of the Greek privatization agency, Stelios Stavridis, who supervised the OPAP deal, used the private jet of Melissanidis to fly on his vacation ...
Vardis Vardinogiannis and his family are considered "state in the state". Rumors indicate that its oil companies are considered the main reason that the Greek islands are still mainly operated with dirty and expensive diesel generators instead of clean renewable energy sources. The influence of the Vardinnogiannis family is not challenged in Greece, as the clan controls important parts of the Greek media (two of the largest private television channels belong to the family), football teams and, earlier, the banking sector.
PixelHELPER demands that Greece become a democracy again. In order to achieve this ambitious goal, it is first necessary to prevent the corruption practices of the oligarchs through corresponding transparency laws. The Novartis scandal, which concerns high-ranking politicians like former Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, underlines the urgency of transparency for Greece. Regardless of the Novartis scandal, corrupt practices have been denounced by parties in a recent report by the Greek Parliament's Transparency Committee, with no specific examples. But not only that. The committee also refrains from punishing the political parties, although the possibility of sanctioning lies within the authority of the committee. This is absolutely unacceptable and shows how corrupt practices remain unpunished by the political elites in Greece. The chairwoman of the Greek Parliament's Transparency Committee, Tasia Christodoulopoulou, was to be ashamed of her inaction.
PixelHELPER also demands that past privatizations be scrutinized and re-evaluated to ensure at least fair compensation for the Greek people. An independent commission of inquiry should assess whether crimes have taken place and, where appropriate, institute legal proceedings against the oligarchs. We show solidarity with the Greek people in their fight against the oligarchs who are parasites in a country where more than a third of its population lives below the poverty line. Plutocratic corruption must stop now or there will never be a chance for a genuine new beginning for Greece.
The PixelHELPER Foundation is an international, non-profit collective of artists and one of the most innovative political incubators of political art. We see art as something that has to provoke and rebel, as a form of social self-awareness in the spirit of the Enlightenment. Our campaigns show the possibilities of art as the fifth force in a state.
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