Greek Resistance Fighter and Politician Manolis Glezos Hospitalized

Second World War resistance fighter-turned politician Manolis Glezos, was under observation in the intensive care unit of Athens’ NIMTS hospital on Thursday, after suffering from breathing and neurological problems.

Glezos is best remembered for his heroic act, together with Lakis Santas in 1941, of climbing Acropolis Hill at nighttime and taking down the swastika flag, dealing a symbolic blow to the powerful occupying forces.

The 97 year old was admitted to the hospital several days ago but his condition has deteriorated since then, prompting his doctors to transfer him to the intensive care unit.

The hospital is expected to issue an announcement on Glezos’ health in the coming hours.