Greece-‘We don’t commemorate the resistance with parades, but with insurrections’



‘And remember that we celebrate liberty today! Whoever doesn’t parade will get expelled from school.’

On October 26th–27th, 2011, interventions were actualized at schools in Elliniko, Ano Glyfada and Argyroupoli (southern suburbs of Athens, renowned for their capitalist character). Secondary students had written and distributed the following text against the parade of October 28th:

One-TWO! One-TWO! Parade (or sheep’s) rehearsal for the army?

We were born and grew up considering parades on national anniversaries as a given… HOWEVER, things aren’t quite like that. This nationalist delirium hasn’t always been flourishing. The displays of militarism and nationalism came from Hitler’s Nazi Germany and Mussolini’s fascistized society, and were planted in Greece by Metaxa’s dictatorship, while other totalitarian regimes (North Korea, Soviet Union, Cuba) also established parades in order to shape morale and to discipline the students.

Parades are traditionally powered by compact form and uniform appearance (dress uniforms, gait, and alignment) and pursue to merge the individuality, cultivating discriminations at the same time —i.e. the boys are marching ahead of the girls, the tall ones ahead of the short, and especially the deserving students ahead of the plebs. In fact, only the six students of a corps d’elite usually attend the Orthodox Christian doxology and are always marching ahead, separated from the rest of the school students ‘mob’.

The school, in turn, creates a climate of terrorism towards the students so that they’ll participate in the parade —since most students ignore that their participation is optional, rather than obligatory. Thus, either they’re given the promise that their school absences will be erased, if they parade, or they’re threatened with a punishment of more absences, if they don’t. In extreme cases, the school governing bodies go as far as to threat the students with suspension or expulsion.

This definitely indicates that the school serves as a means of preserving fascist methods and practices, rather than focusing on solving practical problems of students, such as lack of teachers and books.

It is obvious that as anarchists we stand on the opposite side of this nationalist absurdity which defends an institution that cultivates hate and war against fellow humans based on national and racial criteria.

We don’t commemorate the resistance with parades, but with insurrections.

Anarchists from the southern


October 28th is Greece’s national “beat up your local politician” day

In what was supposed to be a day of nationalist propaganda, with military parades across the Greek territory (a remnant of military dictatorships past) to celebrate the “national day”, things have taken quite a different turn. In Thessaloniki, the Greek president of democracy was  forced to leave the military parade under the constant booing of hundreds – the parade was subsequently cancelled. In Patras and Heraclion, local politicians came under a shower of eggs, and more booing.

In the Northern city of Xanthi, the local students abandoned the parade, choosing to demonstrate in the streets of the city instead:

…and in the small central Greek city of Trikala, a local PASOK Member of Parliament was beaten by an enraged demonstrator, while booed by hundreds:<iframe width=”420″ height=”315″ src=”” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

There are reports of further turmoil in Agrinio, Pyrgos, Mytilini and plenty of other Greek cities. Today’s events are entirely unprecedented, as it is the first time military parades are cancelled under the pressure of popular rage.


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