Today, 2,500 children gathered at the Acropolis, forming a human chain around the Parthenon upon the initiative of the General Secretariat of Transparency and Human Rights to mark the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Under the banner “We embrace the Acropolis, embrace democracy, embrace humanity”, children of many nationalities as well as some with disabilities sang about the meaning of the day and released 2000 colored balloons into the Attica sky, sending the message of peaceful and creative coexistence without discrimination amongst people.
An art exhibition started at noon at the Acropolis Museum, featuring such famous Greek artists as Antonis Remos, Dimitris Bassis, Melina Kana, Melina Aslanidou, Sonia Theodoridou and director Yannis Smaragdis. Meanwhile, the “Dora Stratos” theatre curated events featuring children from the Palladio elementary school.
The President of the Hellenic Republic, Karolos Papoulias was in attendance, along with Charalambos Athanasiou and Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos, Greece’s ministers for justice and education, respectively.