Greek activists take on the power company
An activist opens an electricity meter to reconnect a needy family near Veria, northern Greece, as another man holds a sticker reading "Citizens of Veria. Social Solidarity. We reconnect power," on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. As two years of pay cuts and tax hikes pummel living standards in debt-crippled Greece, many in this northern town can't pay for basic utilities such as electricity _ and get cut off from the grid. That's where the "Citizens of Veria" activists step in, illegally reconnecting needy households in a direct challenge to the power corporation. (AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis)
By Costas Kantouris
Associated Press / November 26, 2011VERIA, Greece—The Robin Hoods in this northern Greek town sport rubber gloves, fuses and orange stickers.
Nearly two years of pay cuts, job cuts and tax hikes have pummeled living standards in debt-crippled Greece and the country is facing record unemployment and a fourth year of recession in 2012. On a personal level, that means many in Veria can't pay for basic necessities such as electricity and end up getting cut off from the grid.
That's where the "Citizens of Veria" activists step in.
The group illegally reconnects needy households back to the electric grid in a direct challenge to the country's dominant power provider, the Public Power Corporation.