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Five causes for resistance and solidarity in Greece today

We need to resist the totalitarian attitude of the Greek government who, in the name of an elusive “development” has started a war against anyone who disagrees with its measures. We need to express our solidarity and support to the many people suffering by this attitude.

  1. A modern Bethlehem has been set up in Syntagma Square: Syrian refugees, among them children and one pregnant woman, have started a hunger strike to be given traveling documents to reach other parts of Europe. A SYRIZA MP has expressed his decision to join them.
Syrian refugees on hunger strike

Syrian refugees on hunger strike

 

  1. Nicos Romanos, a 20+ armed robbery convict, has passed his University Entrance Exams while in prison but is being refused permission to attend classes. He is on hunger strike for over two weeks now and his health is in danger. Romanos first came to the limelight because he was with Alexis Grigoropoulos the night he was shot and killed by a riot policeman. In spite of the police efforts there is no proof that the young man was ever involved in terrorist activities.
Nikos Romanos at the time of his arrest

Nikos Romanos at the time of his arrest

  1. In Northern Greece the attacks on environment and on the populace trying to protect it continue. Largely ignored by the mainstream media the resistance of the people of Chalkidiki goes on.
Skouries demonstration

Skouries demonstration

  1. Police brutality is on the increase. After the uncalled attacks on the Disabled people’s demonstration last week there was further proof of it last night.

young girl attacked

  1. A trainer in the police Academy has come forward andstated that while teaching one of the cadets stated “I am a fascist and proud of it”. The most disturbing feature of the incident is that it was applauded by the rest of the class.

The bet for Greek society is how to resist efficiently, how to stand next to the suffering citizens without taking away their dignity.

One example by the newly elected regional government: Ms. Rena Dourou suggested to the Minister for Interior Affairs Mr.Dinopoulos to use 2.5 billion marked for festive activities to re-electrify poor households in their area. The proposal had been put forth by the audience in a popular tv show and became a reality. We could do more

Lakis Santas – an unwilling hero and a warm, loving 89 year old teenager

Apostolos Santas – Lakis for his friends but mark the name: it means an apostle – owes his fame to the fact that, together with his friend Manolis Glezos, they managed to lower the German flag from the Acropolis on May 31 1941. This is considered the first resistance act against the Nazi occupation in the whole of Europe.
After this act the young law student joined the resistance and fought against the fascist occupation for as long as it lasted. After the end of the civil war he was sent to the prison camps of Ikaria and Makronisos. I am not sure how it happened but he escaped and reached Italy and then fled to Canada as a political refugee.
What always impressed me about Santas was that he never tried to “exchange” his fame with any appointments, honours or special favours. He earned his living and kept away from active politics. Young people sought him out and listened to his stories and he generously let them claim his time and talked honestly, bravely, about the time of the resistance and the civil war. Lakis was a born narrator and he was often invited to schools to give a speech on that period. His one and only book is a testament to his abilities as a narrator but also to his generous personality.
I shall never forget his speech on the day we honoured the resistance heroes of our region: it was full of the present and the future but with the experiences of the past absorbed and turned into ideas and new concepts.
I feel grateful and richer to have met him.