Greek Leaders Hold Private March 25 Parade



parede_AthensGreeks on March 25 were kept from the main viewing area of their Independence Day parade, which was cordoned off for politicians, VIPS and invited guests as authorities feared protests against ongoing austerity measures.

Tanks rolled down the street and military aircraft flew overhead for the first time in the parade in the past few years as Prime Minister Antonis Samaras wanted to show the country was beginning to recover from a crushing economic crisis and a seven-year-long recession that has seen record unemployment and deep poverty.

More than 3,000 police were deployed to keep the public away from the viewing stand in front of the Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma Square, the main center for nearly four years of protests, strikes and riots.

Vehicles and pedestrians were prevented from accessing the area and were kept to the fringes of the parade route, and the main  metro station was also shut for hours before the morning parade. Riot police were on standby in side streets, and lines of police buses blocked roads.

March 25 marks the start of Greece’s 1821 war of independence against the Ottoman Empire.

“The only thing that reminds us that there’s a parade today is the flags (on sale) in kiosks and police trucks. And the helicopters that passed overhead, because it was the only thing we were able to see,” Anastasis Georgiadis, a would-be spectator trying to get closer to the parade route with his wife and child, told the Associated Press.

In the country’s second largest city, Thessaloniki, a parade by schoolchildren was held under similarly tight security, with parents and the public limited to areas of the route far from local dignitaries. About 100 teachers and school guards protesting job cuts shouted anti-austerity slogans and unfurled a banner, but no further incident was reported.

“Today our peoples are giving a battle to break free from the loans owed to creditors. History guarantees that this struggle will end in victory as well,” President Karolos Papoulias said after attending the customary military parade in front of the Parliament building.

“Now that Greece is leaving the worst behind, let’s all work together for the better years to come,” Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos added.

The Defense Ministry did not release estimates for the cost, but stressed that it was kept low. Last year’ s parade cost approximately 1.5 million euros (2.08 million U.S. dollars).


22 COMMENTS

  1. DISGRACEFUL! The filthy anti-Hellenic Venizelos-Samaras JUNTA hides behind THOUSANDS of policemen on national holidays. This Junta which is merely an instrument of foreign Jewish lobbies is despised and hated by the Hellenic populace. These corrupt crooks, these sleazy criminals will feel the wrath of the Hellenic people in May. MAY IS COMING!

  2. Another off topic anti-government rant by Polycrates. Hollow words from someone that refuses to answer the question as to whether he is ethnic Greek or not.

    Others are watching now. It shall be interesting to see how you evade answering the question are you ethnic Greek?

  3. Should I give you another spanking or should I let your ignorance flower for all to see without further comment?

  4. How about just answering the question rather than more evading?

    Are you ethnic Greek?

  5. No matter how many times you say it a democratically elected government is not a “junta”. A junta would be a military lead antidemocratic fascist dictatorship with no elections — you know like what Golden Dawn’s Hitler loving leader wants.

  6. Thelete Xilo?
    I am 110% Greek as Greek as Greek can be and I have the pedigree to prove it. Not that I will show you as it’s NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS. Now my little POS, since you have already been proven to be incapable of being honest and have argued and insulted everyone on this forum as well as acted as a spoiled brat who understands nothing but a good spanking in public. I suggest you cease and desist from your childish rants and grow up or get out as you are wasting our time. As for me, I intend to ignore little trolls like you out of existence.

  7. Not quite the answer to the question I asked. I asked if you are ETHNIC Greek.

    You could have answered right from the beginning rather than turn it into a drama. All you have achieved by evading so long is bring into question if you are ethnic Greek. For all anyone knows here is you are lying now to cover your tracks because I kept asking. I would also continue to point out to actually Greeks here, your claim that you are 110 percent Greek does not match up with your treasonous cowardly friendly banter with certified antihellenes like T-nto and TediUSA — that support Skopians. What kind of alleged Greek are you? Are you afraid to condemn them because everyone called the Skopians propagandists “Macedonian”?

    As for “childish rants”… I would look at your own behavior on virtually all the articles here.. one long rant against the greek government.

  8. PC: Welcome to the wrath of Mr. Warmth (LC). As you have no doubt read over the past months, he usually singles me out for his obsessive fantasies and hate-fests. In an otherwise normal forum or blogging world, such consistent attacks and pointed rants-to-the-man would be considered “cyber stalking.”

    Whether you or I or any other fair-minded contributors on here want to go that far with our accusations or not, the authorities of this site should take action against such blatant and arrogant violations of the “Community Guidelines” as outlined clearly on this forum.

    If it is any consolation to you, and certainly it is to me, I personally know our friend is currently under heavy scrutiny for his MO and may just become an endanger species here. At least I have been informed of this personally by the webmaster of this site.

    We shall see soon enough if this authority will stick to its policies or not. In any case I am not ashamed to say I am on the case and with every resolve to reduce the amount of profanity, abuse and l brutish argumentum ad hominem
    some of us endure with this individual.

    Stay tuned . . .

  9. Back to trying to silence me for criticizing your shameless collusion with Skopians threatening my homeland? Free speech is not a “privilege” you oppressive thug. Its a human right (which you apparently don’t support when criticism is directed at you)

    No matter what our differences… If Polycrates sees you as an ally.. an antihellenic foreigner that supports Skopians threatening not only our country but trying to ethnically delete us… he’s a treasonous coward that is about as “Greek” as you are.

  10. Yes we had a “delightful” discussion over Milk and the recent news article on that subject. It remarkably morphed from milk into whether I was Greek and repetitious while the entire time in a panic mode parroting my comments to deflect the subject. However I did learn that LC’s reading comprehension is limited, he goes into a tantrum when confronted with a dilemma he cannot handle and is totally unaware that dairies and herds means cows and milk. Udder-ly laughable.

  11. By all means. Keep talking trash. I can respond much more effectively than you.

    The treasonous coward is willing to stoop to being “allies” with an antihellenic foreigner that supports Skopians.

  12. Hey T-nto, your attempt to block me almost worked.

    My posts went missing and my id was blocked — whereupon I immediately sent a letter to Greek Reporter criticizing them for silencing me rather than condemning foreign nationalist like you that have flagrantly stepped on the human rights of Greeks by looking the other way as Skopians resort to obvious state propaganda geared towards irredentism.

    My id and posts are now back.

    How long it will last, who knows. I like to think (perhaps wishfully) that perhaps one of the leftists on Greek Reporter is finally starting to clue in to the fact you are supposed to be friendly to your friends and hostile to your enemies.

  13. Wrong. Friendly to both friend and foe is the way this site wants to see us interact as commentators (Cf Community Guidlines–the definitive documnet on this subject).

    You, sir, are playing a fool’s game if you believe the powers that be will continue to tolerate such a childish attitude of bing “hostile to enemies.” You ar the posterchild for why wars are fought and why diplomacy fails. You are living in the wrong century, my friend and showing your Sisyphian Balkan mindset. First of all there should be no “enemies” here on a community forum where issues are discussed and argued over. Self-respect and your personal ethos should dictate that as a fair and balanced member of any community, academic, civic or ethnic.
    If you ever went to a university–and it seems more doubtful by the day that you did not, you would have learned what a healthy, intelligent and respectful dialogue is among worthy participants.
    So far you fail on all accounts. I will be sending in your most precious insults to the webmaster for his more critical review and ostensibly more final decision.
    Consider that a fair warning. Let’s hope he monitors both of us to see what degree the hate-talk, insults, bullying and stalking continues.
    Stay tuned. . .

  14. You are full of empty narratives that portray yourself as herioc and others as villians. However in real word practice you are a antihellenic brute that continues to apologize and support Skopians threatening Greece. That makes you any enemy of not just me but also the Greek people. You prove your oppressive brutishness each time you try and silence me for criticizing your collusion.

  15. This guy displays paranoid obsessive behaviour. Why do you give his comments the oxygen of response?

  16. EGBDF:
    Thanx for noticing our poster child here for OCDs. The question you ask should rather be why he is allowed to harass the patrons of this site, ad nauseum in violations of its “community guidelines”.

    I am all for free speech, but with a minimal level of propriety. Insults and bullying are just that–especially when the tirades have nothing top do with the topic under discussion and are obviously intended to just attack the person.he “stalks” and is obsessively repetitive on the same non sequitur.

    Please flag this individual when you feel he is out of line–and is antithetical to what this forum is all about.

    Thanks for your input. Whether we always agree upon the issues or not, I respect your balanced arguments and concern for seeing a better Greece.

  17. Hilarious. You are one long cliche. Back to the tiring mentally ill angle. Your method of “polite dialogue”. At least show some creativity with your insults. That’s been used on the internet like what… a billion times? Pathetic.

    All you evasive leftist buzz words (“Cyber stalking”, “bullying” “hitler’, “hate”, “racism”, yada yada) is just evasion to silence legitimate criticism for your shameless support of Skopians threatening Greeks. Bigot.

  18. Trolling for a fight?

    I have no clue whom you are but you clearly aren’t very bright if you rush to defense of anti-Greek T-nto — who supports Skopians in the name dispute. (especially dimwitted if you claim to be Greek)

  19. As a Greek, I/we appreciate the wisdom of our forefathers. I take great pride in quoting Thucydides who must have encountered a similar individual’s ranting and who recognized the uselessness in pursuing a constructive dialogue, “Ignorance is bold, and knowledge is reserved”.