For the first time ever, the mayor of Thessaloniki did not attend the students’ parade part of the celebrations of historic OXI Day, marking the beginning of WWII for Greece.
Mayor Yannis Boutaris had announced a couple of days ago his intention to not attend the students parade saying that he disagrees with the institution.
“I think school parades have no logic anymore. In no part of the world there are student parades with military marches. I will not attend this year.”
A week ago, Mr. Boutaris, speaking on the radio of APE-MPA, said he opposed student parades.
Even without the mayor’s presence students of elementary, secondary and high schools in Thessaloniki parade in the city center, enjoying the crowd’s applaud and the sunshine.
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Thessaloniki Municipality was represented by the deputy mayor.