Friday afternoon, a very hot afternoon, very few people in the Square and the buses still go through.
Several groups are holding sessions: the antiracist group has gathered a lot of participants, the translators are working on their pcs, the composure team is meeting with the artists group:music always has a soothing effect. The banners that were torn up during the police raid of Wednesday are back up. What is striking is how many new banners are up from popular assemblies in Athens neighborhoods and Squares. In Penteli Square, one of the most expensive northern suburbs I saw a banner stating: “they looked big because we were on our knees. Time to get up”.
At 7.30 a group of Syrian citizens, immigrants and refugees, march into the square. Children holding their country’s flag, grown ups with piquets, all chanting “freedom to Syria”.
The crowd is thickening as the sun goes down and the air cools a little. A thirsty dog is diving into the central fountain. Two couples are watching events from the Grande Bretagne balconies. It seems that the big, posh hotels around the Square have opened again.
I join a group of “regulars” and they tell me that the number of people is satisfying but “you should have been here yesterday. Coming here the day after the police attacks was a statement and the mood was much more decided and stubborn.”