Declaration of the Central Committee of the National Guard, March 18, 1871:
The proletarians of Paris, amidst the failures and treasons of the ruling classes, have understood that the hour has struck for them to save the situation by taking into their own hands the direction of public affairs….
Vote of the People’s Assembly of Syntagma Square, May 27, 2011:
For a long time decisions have been made for us, without us. We are workers, unemployed, retirees, youth, who have come to Syntagma Square to fight and struggle for our lives and our future. We are here because we know that the solutions to our problems can come only from us. We call all residents of Athens, workers, unemployed and youth, to come to Syntagma Square, and all of society to fill the public squares and to take life into their own hands. In these public squares we will shape our claims and our demands together.