“This station was reopened not by the government, but by the struggles of its employees,” said Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday. “It’s a celebration of democracy”.
Writing from Athens, it’s hard to miss the sense of defiance felt by many Greek people, coupled with grim satisfaction. Having been closed as part of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) austerity drive two years ago, the Greek state broadcaster, ERT, has just gone back on air. “Today we must all be happy and look forward with optimism,” said Tspiras, as he visited the station, taking to its airwaves to note that “fair struggles are eventually vindicated”.