Events that Devastated Greece in 2013


    Racial attacks, murders, deaths of children, closed universities, doctors on strike, terrorist attacks, unethical employers, trials and harsh sentences, is an image of Greece during 2013 that most people will unfortunately have.

    The following are the most important events that have left their mark on 2013:

    The murder of Pavlos Fyssas and attack on Golden Dawn offices in Neo Iraklio
    On September 17, 34-year-old musician Pavlos Fyssas was attacked by 45-year-old Golden Dawn supporter Giorgos Roupakias. His murder sparked a spate of revelations about Golden Dawn, which has now been characterized as a criminal organization by the Greek Supreme Court. It is the first time in modern Greek history that the leader and prominent members of a political party have been sent to prison. A few months later on November 1, two members of Golden Dawn were shot dead outside of their offices in Neo Iraklio, while a third was seriously injured.

    The tragic death of a child and two students caused by a brazier
    The increased price of heating oil is another significant problem for Greeks. Tragically, three children lost their lives through the use of improvised heaters. Nikos Papahronis, Savvas Papadopoulos and 13-year-old Sara died in 2013 due to the cold.

    “Strawberries and  blood” in Manolada
    The news from the strawberries of Manolada went around the world. Two hundred immigrants from Bangladesh were the victims of their employer Niko Vagelato. When they asked for their salaries, he attacked them, sending thirty to hospital.

    The little Maria- The blond angel
    The little Maria, the blond angel with blue eyes was found by Police in a Roma camp in Farsala, Central Greece. Her case revealed a circle of fraudulent birth registrations. Maria’s biological mother was found in Bulgaria.

    Akis Tsochatzopoulos in prison for bribery
    It was the most important trial for 2013 in Greece. Akis Tsochatzopoulos, the former PASOK minister was found guilty of money laundering and taking kickbacks from arms procurement programmes while in office. He has been sentenced to 20 years by an Athens court, the maximum allowed for the crime.

    The Lagarde list and the former minister Papakonstantinou
    The former Minister of Finance, George Papakonstantinou, is accused of deleting names of his relatives from the well-known Lagarde list.

    The closure of ERT, the DT and NERIT
    On June 11, government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou announced the immediate closure of the state broadcaster, the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT). What happened next was dramatic. Employees of ERT occupied the Radiomegaro in Agia Paraskeui in an attempt to keep broadcasting. One month later, Public Television (DT) was on air and recruited 800 people.


    1. What about the “Bankruptcy of Greece” by our corrupt past and present politicians together with their parasites??? Isn’t this a serious event which caused all the above??? Corruption is the main cause of all these events…

    2. What about the time I came out as a transgender? I thought that was pretty important. 🙁

    3. Maria, what about past PM G. Papandreou who betrayed Greece traitor in every true sense of the word fled to AMERICA and lectured about something he has no business lecturing at Harvard and Columbia, etc…….while being protected in the States ? You should have mentioned this too.
      You should have also mentioned the staggering salary of the Greek President, that useless despicable Papoulias who gets paid an enormous amount of money for NOTHING while the rest of Greece is hungry and suffering. This too I consider devastating news

    4. Devastated, Maria, not devestated. It’s a news headline, so spelling errors cheapen your otherwise credible account of what is happening in Greece.

    5. The “parasites” are those that look to the government to fix all our ills. (All you need do is look at all the extremists on this website that rant about the government to see why Greece is a mess.
      If we want to fix our economy it will require work of the Greek people not sitting around for a few bearcats to fix everything for us.

    6. As 2013 comes to a close it’s always nice to reflect upon the kind of year it’s been. We can recall the handful of good times or the morsel of bread we find on the park bench, but it’s far better that we follow the example of the author and note only the devastated moments that we should celebrate with all the loathing and regret we can muster. I can hardly wait for 2014.

    7. Last week it was revealed that the son of Greece’s Prime minister Antonis Samaras was caught cheating in a college exam and the teacher who caught him cheating was subsequently fired from the job she had dedicated 21 years of her life to. The President of the College is Antonis Samaras’s brother Alexander Samaras. Greece is currently ruled by a vile oligarchy, the Venizelos-Samaras Junta. The parasites are those that defend the Venizelos-Samaras Junta.