Former PM Alexis Tsipras announced that he will join demonstrators on Sunday for the yearly march to the U.S. Embassy marking the 1973 Polytechnic uprising.
The leader of leftist SYRIZA is thought to be the first former Greek PM to join the march. He said through Facebook that “46 years after the uprising we honor those who gave their lives for freedom.”
He added that “we also honor those who resisted the American-instigated junta and paid the prize of persecution, torture, imprisonment and exile.”
The annual commemoration is often marred by violence, with police and demonstrators clashing at the end of the traditional march, which is dominated by anti-American slogans.
Tsipras says that this year there are many reasons to join the march to the US Embassy. “Not only because the old junta sympathizers are no longer just on the sidelines, but in government…but also because repression is being upgraded to a government policy.
“We will be there mainly to send a message of resistance to the wave of conservatism and regression and to those who insist that the end of history has arrived.”