There hasn’t been terribly much in the mainstream press recently about Greece. The dominant narrative is that the country has been through severe austerity and punishing financial adjustment, but is emerging from the crisis, stamping out the fascist threat and slowly making its way back to normality, but the reality of life in Greece is very different.
Just before leaving for Athens, I remember something about the city that I had literally completely forgotten: not only is it the epicentre of austerity and the resistance to it, it is also a great city of antiquity. But more than that, this city was where democracy – albeit flawed – was born.
The image of the blue-eyed blonde little girl removed from a Roma family and put into the care of an NGO has traveled the world with lightening speed as the Greek government seek to trace her biological parents. Comparisons have been made to Madeleine McCann, another white child reported to have been fallen into the hands of …
On Friday (28th September) MPs from the Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party were arrested together with over thirty other party members. Over the weekend a slew of evidence emerged about their activities. Yesterday, four of them appeared in court. The charge sheet was rather extensive, yet unbelievably, three of the four were released on bail earlier …
The death of Pavlos Fyssas, has created an outpouring of rage on the streets of Greece. In 18 cities across the countries, people took to the streets to express their horror and revulsion at the death. But it is not only anti-fascists who will be concerned at this death.
Last night, solidarity demonstrations were held the length and breadth of Greece in reaction to the murder of Pavlos Fyssas, the rapper, Killah-P. The more details that come out about this murder the more shocking it is, with his friends asserting that this was no random attack, but a planned hit.
The repression of creative expression in Greece, which as seen a targetting of artists and self-organised cultural areas took a bloody turn last night as members of the fascist Golden Dawn murdered Pavlos Fyssas, a hip hop artist, in Pireas. Creative expression is being killed in Greece.
First published on ΕΝΘΕΜΑΤΑ, written by Efi Avdela and Agelikas Psaras in July 2012, in the aftermath of fascists gaining seats in the Hellenic Parliament, this article gives some of the background to the rise of fascism in Greece and how the Golden Dawn managed to gain such a hold over a section of Greek society.
Next April, Athens will re-elect its mayor and the candidates have now been declared. Since 2010, the office has been held by George Kaminis, a surprising victor in that election, drafted in by a coalition of liberal forces to run against the unpopular right wing incumbent.
Its summer in Athens, and its hot. By heavens its hot. Being Scottish, I’m not used to this kind of weather, the sun is an infrequent visitor to Glasgow, and I’m missing the old familiarity of rain. Athens empties of the locals for the summer, who head back to villages and islands of their families, …