Monday, 17 November 2014

Polytechnic Day

Today in Greece we celebrate, if that is the word, the uprising against the military dictatorship. The students of the Athens Polytechnic occupied the building, and on the 17th of November 1973 the government sent a tank crashing through the college gates. In the subsequent fighting somewhere between 18 and 50 students and others were killed and over 1,000 wounded. The dictatorship claimed that 11 of their people were killed.

Although the day has not yet become an ‘Argia’ — a day, such as saint’s days, on which shops etc. are closed — school pupils have the day off, though there is usually a small peaceful march-past, or a singing of a song written for the occasion, ‘Tipota den paei chameno’; ‘Nothing is ever in vain’.

The picture shows school pupils decorating the monument to the students.

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