Athens Peaceful Rally goes European-Over 100000 people attended!

Estamos despiertos! – We are awake! – Siamo svegli! – Somos acordados! – Ξυπνήσαμε!!!
A peacefull rally of over 100000 people according to the mass media, at Syntagma sq., Athens, the Spanish way. The rally was organized through Facebook and was held in all major Greek cities and many European capitals.
The uniqueness of this rally was that no political parties were involved as many Greeks believe that their current politicians are quite useless to save their country from poverty and misery. It was the 5th day of the first major rally organized exclusively through Facebook and everyone who participated stated that it was a big success. A large number of the participants stayed through the night at Syntagma sq. demanding true democracy, glasnost and the punishment of every politician who abused public money.

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Enjoying the view

The girl with the blue t-shirt, having caught a strategic position obliged me by taking my camera and shooting the next picture for me.

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Open palms

facing the Greek Parliament (an open palm is an insulting Greek gesture)

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Signing a petition

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Tax payer on the left

or rather what’s been left of him

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Making one’s living

even during a mass rally

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Banging an empty pot

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s maid

Prime Minister’s George Papandreou sketch

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“We woke up in a bad temper

Democracy right now” says the piquette in the middle.

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Crowded

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Open palms again

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Peaceful indignified protestor

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Claiming their future

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…and the future of their children!

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Tents at Syntagma sq.

for the people who spend their nights there.

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Volunteers

spreading the news in the internet and writing down new volunteers

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We woke up and we are many!

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Doggie rallying

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“Not even Chuck Norris

will be able to save you” (the politicians)

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Clowns

“The majority of the members of the Greek parliament are clowns”

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Feeding the rally

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Doggie protestor

“Bancruptsy is your racket, solidarity is our weapon”

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At night

many thousands of people stayed.

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Inspiration

Painting exhibition (on the right Prime Minister dressed as a clown)

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Dance show

Students of a dance theatre make their show to entertain the rally

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Discussing the latest news at a peaceful spot

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Having a snack

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…on the streets

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Tourists “living their myth in Greece”

According to last years campaign “Live your myth in Greece” of our Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

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Camera shy tourist

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The mess

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…and the ones to clean it.

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My life’s companion and my daughter at the rally

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Published at the Photojournalistic site Demotix.com: http://www.demotix.com/news/709905/peaceful-rally-syntagma-square-athens

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13 Responses to Athens Peaceful Rally goes European-Over 100000 people attended!

  1. Damien C. says:

    Awesome set, Stam! Man, I love that t-shirt!

  2. Foveres eikones Stamati! Zilevw ton yperevrygwnio sou!! hahaha! Keep up the good work file!

  3. Jonathan says:

    Superbly Documented Stam,hope it helps your Country’s situation!

  4. Mary says:

    I will be back to comment better this evening, but right now I want to tell you that this reportage gives me a shiver of emotion. The images of the crowd are impressive, they really convey a feeling of unity and of rage. The portraits of the people are strong, poignant and touching and they help your reportage telling many different stories and points of view. A great job Sir!

    • Stamatis Gr says:

      It was 4 hours full of mixed emotions. I want to believe that these days will mark a turning point to my country’s history. In my wildest dreams I see a turning point for the rest of Europe, an immense “Basta!” rising!

  5. Jack070 says:

    Well done, Mister!

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