Greeks punching and throwing eggs against the politicians, during the national holiday

Article published on Oct. 28, 2011
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Article published on Oct. 28, 2011
Celebrations of the ''Ohi Day'' in Greece have been halted due to the huge riots which are taking place all voer the country because of the austerity measures. Greek citizens in almost all Greek cities have stopped the annual parades in commemoration of the 'Ohi' Day, which is a national day in the country.

The President of the Republic, was forced to leave and cancel the military parade.

The citizens are throwing eggs and are punching any state official that appears in the parade, while in Thessaloniki, which is in the epicenter of the celebrations, the military parade was canceled.

''Papoulias you are a traitor'' the people shouted against the President of the Republic mr. Karolos Papoulias, who was forced to leave.

''I joined the National Resistance when I was 15 years old, and theycall me a traitor''? was the question of mr. Papouliasfuriously asked the journalists.

In Athens, where a student's parade takes place, the students turned the other way their head, against the Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou, as a form of indignance for the cuts in education.

''Ohi Day'', is one of the two national holidays of Greece, commemorating the victory of the Greek army against fascist Italy during World War II. ''Ohi'' counts for ''No'' in Greek, and was the answer of the Greek dictator Ioannes Metaxas to the Italian ambassador Grampsi, when the latter asked that the Italian army would capture strategic points of the country.

Check our article ''Europe Remembers: the Greco-Italian War (1940)'' to find out more