Defense Minister Panos Beglitis and Deputy Infrastructure Minister Yannis Magkriotis attended the city’s St Demetrios cathedral on the occasion of the 99th anniversary celebrations since the city’s liberation from the Ottoman, while an angry crowd were yelling, “Thieves! Thieves!”.
Both ministers had a fresh haircut, which only triggered protesters off who started symbolically shouting “ Aren’t you ashamed to come here with a haircut?”, while somebody from the crowd shouted at Magkriotis “We voted for you and you proved incapable. Go away, thief!”
The two ministers as well as Nea Dimokratia officials entered the church from the church’s side doors due to the hostile atmosphere created by the gathered people of Thessaloniki.
Dean of Aristotelio University of Thessaloniki Yannis Mylopoulos was also booed and none of the governmental officials were allowed to deliver a speech due to the crowd’s detesting.
The slogans against the government’s austerity measures had began even before the officials had arrived at the cathedral, while placards were reading “Take the Memorandum and get out of here”.