Tanks and Aircrafts to Return to ‘OXI Day’ Parade



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    This year’s October 28 parade, in remembrance of General Ioannis Metaxas’ strong reply of ‘oxi’ (no) to Mussolini’s request to allow Italian troops to come into Greece at the beginning of WW II, will include tanks and armored vehicles. We should be reminded that three years ago the tanks and armored vehicles were removed from the parade due to their high cost.

    Tanks will be exhibited this year together with a military aircraft, after Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos accepted a proposal by Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff (GEETHA) General Michalis Kostarakos for aerial formations.

    The tanks and armored vehicles were withdrawn in 2010 when Greece signed the first agreement with its European lenders in order to reduce the military costs. In fact, the cost of the annual national parade was reduced from 3.1 million euros to 350,000 euros. However, there is no information concerning this year’s military parade cost.


    4 COMMENTS

    1. Let us remember that Oxi day was the day Metaxas said no to the fascists. Those that claim he was a “fascist” or that only the communists fought Nazis are dishonerable low lifes.

    2. Nazi-held government was in place. All three quisling prime ministers, (Georgios Tsolakoglou, Konstantinos Logothetopoulos and Ioannis Rallis), cooperated with the Axis authorities. Although their administrations did not directly assist the occupation forces, they did instigate suppressive measures, the most significant of which was the encouragement and, with the consent of the German forces, the creation of armed “anti-communist” and “anti-gangster” paramilitary organisations such as the Security Battalions and others. Moreover, small but active Greek National-Socialist parties, like the Greek National Socialist Party, or openly anti-semitic organisations, like the National Union of Greece, helped German authorities to identify and deport Greek Jews.

      About one thousand Greeks from Greece and more from the Soviet Union, ostensibly avenging their ethnic persecution from Soviet authorities, joined the Waffen-SS, mostly in Ukrainian divisions. A special case was that of the infamous Ukrainian-Greek Sevastianos Foulidis, a fanatical anti-communist who had been recruited by the Abwehr as early as 1938 and became an official of the Wehrmacht, with extensive action in intelligence and agitation work in the Eastern front.[18]

    3. If the Military had any guts they’d turn those tanks on the current Gov’t of Criminals destroying our country and selling out Greece and our democracy, what’s left of it.
      There is no Democracy here anymore only a Samaras & Venizelos Dictatorship!

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