Tension, frustration and anger colour this years’ parades to commemorate Greece’s “NO” (OXI) to the Axis powers on 28th October 1940. In quite some cities across the country, protesters forced state officials to leave the parades, hurling eggs and yogurts, and chanting “Thieves!”
Greek Black Flag
In some cities, the parades were officially cancelled but the parading groups kept their schedule of the day.
Athens: Banner “No to 4th Reich”
In Athens, some school students turned their back to Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou, while teachers and parents groups were urging the students to ‘turn their heads away’. Some protesters were carrying black flags and banners “Greece is not for sale!”. Some eggs were hurled.
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In Patras, a rain of eggs landed at the VIP podium forcing the deputy Defense Minister to escape under strong police escort. Protesters took place at the VIP podium.
In Iraklio, Crete, eggs and yogurts were hurled against local politicians.
In Piraeus, protesters booed the politicians and chanted anti-government slogans.
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Pyrgos: Parade was interrupted when protesters neared the podium and chanted anti-government slogans
In Kalamata a ruling party PASOK deputy was harrased by protesters.
In Rhodes, protestres hurled oragnes against the state officials, while in Serres eggs were hurled agaisnt the local politicians.
Despite the presence of strong police forces, the government reportedly decided not to have police intervene because of the huge crowds of spectators. A police intervention would not only blot the historical day but would also cause a chaos and might harm spectators who usually watch the parades with many young children.
To be continued…