It was supposed to be an ordinary visit for a young couple from Kavala, Greece, eager to visit the Acropolis and make some photographic memories. But then, as Mirto Tsakiri pulled a Greek flag from her bag and asked her partner to take a picture, they said they were besieged by guards.
They said they were told that displaying the Greek flag on the Acropolis – apart from one which flies on a flagpole – is forbidden, although the guards could not explain why nor cite any law, although the flag is often used at rallies protesting government austerity measures.
They said they were then told the Acropolis is a monument that belongs to European heritage but were then tossed out of the site without any further explanation.
In May of 1941, Manolis Glezos, now a Member of Parliament and his friend, Apostolos Santas, climbed up under the Acropolis in the dark of night, evaded Nazi guards, shimmied the flagpole, tore down the Swastika, and raised the Greek flag, an act that is apparently now forbidden to tourists. Santas died last year.