Although it is expected that the Greek Parliament will pass the genocidal austerity measures which the British Empire demands be imposed on the Greek population, the population is being forced into resistance.
"Enough is enough!" said 89-year-old Manolis Glezos. "They have no idea what an uprising by the Greek people means. And the Greek people, regardless of ideology, have risen."
Glezos is a national hero for sneaking up the Acropolis at night in 1941 and tearing down a Nazi flag from under the noses of the German occupiers, raising the morale of Athens residents.
"These measures of annihilation will not pass," Glezos said on Syntagma Square, visibly overcome by teargas and holding a mask over his mouth.
The debate started shortly after 3:30 p.m. local time (1330 GMT), and will take at least 10 hours, finishing well past midnight.
Unions have called for a large protest in a square outside Parliament, where tens of thousands of protesters have already gathered, with more arriving constantly. Communist-affiliated unions are holding a separate meeting at the same time and will march to Parliament. The protesters are expected to remain outside the building throughout the vote.
Authorities have deployed some 6,000 policemen in the capital's city center. Police turned tear gas and stun grenades on protesters outside Greece's parliament and riot police dispersed many of the demonstrators.
The two parties backing the coalition government have 236 deputies in the 300-member Parliament, but at least 13 deputies from the New Democracy party and 7 socialist lawmakers have declared they will vote against the legislation, defying their leaders' threats of sanctions. Early Sunday, a conservative lawmaker resigned, joining three socialists who did the same earlier this week.
Five ministers resigned from Papademos's interim government in the space of two hours on Feb. 10, instead of voting for the austerity measures.
The Laos party, which has 16 members in the 300-seat parliament, is opposed to the plan. Its four ministers in the Papademos government have resigned. George Karatzaferis, who leads the fourth-biggest party, today called for parliament to be dissolved and elections to be held immediately, a reversal of his support for the Papademos government.