“I want to look right into their eyes, before they vote for the austerity measures” famous music composer Mikis Theodorakis told reporters before entering the Greek parliament. “They are getting ready to vote for the death of Greece” he underlined. Veteran politicians Mikis Theodorakis, 85, and Manolis Glezos, 89, had called people to protest outside the Parliament on Sunday.
Mikis Theodorakis with anti-tear-gas mask
Both men went together to join the protest, when they fell victim of the tear gas fired by the police. The surgical masks they wore didn’t prevent the aging men to feel uncomfortable. They were both treated at the med office of the Parliament. As former deputies, Theodorakis and Glezos will attend the voting from the seats reserved for the audience.
“We send a message of optimism. We fought and won and this time we will win” said Theodorakis, who had fought during the civil war and the military dictatorship and was sent several times to exile.