Friday, October 26, 2012

Orthodox groups attempt to cancel theater performance


Hundreds of members of far-right party and Orthodox religious groups, gather and protest outside Hytirio Theater staging Terrence McNally’s “Corpus Christi”, a play depicting Jesus. During their attempt to cancel the play they clash with police.



Actors of the Theatrical "Corpus Christi" perform, while outside the theater protesters attempt to cancel the play.

Members of extreme religious groups hold icons and banners, protest outside Hytirio Theater, before the start of the planned performance.

Protestors are stopped by riot police. Among them a priest who leads the protests.

SYRIZA MP, Vasiliki Katrivanou who is among the spectators of the play, complains police brutality during the arrests.

Hundreds of members of extreme religious and far-right groups protest outside Hytirio Theater, in Iera Odos Street, before the start of the planned performance, in the presence of riot police.

Groups of protesters move menacingly towards the entrance of the Theater, where strong police forces have lined up.

Protesters are repelled and clash with riot police.

Protesters are repelled and clash with riot police.

Monks hold placards that read "Greeks resist, our God is blasphemed".

Protesters are repelled and clash with riot police.

Actors of the Theatrical "Corpus Christi" perform, while outside the theater protesters attempt to cancel the play.

Actors of the Theatrical "Corpus Christi" perform, while outside the theater protesters attempt to cancel the play.

Riot Police officers arrest two protestors.

The actors of the Theatrical "Corpus Christi" are applauded by the spectators, while outside the theater protesters attempt to cancel the play.

Actors of the Theatrical "Corpus Christi" perform, while outside the theater protesters attempt to cancel the play.


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Video: A spectator of the play, says that he was attacked by the protesters and a priest while he was entering to the theater, while police was watching. He says he is a Christian Orthodox but he was not shocked by the play.


Hundreds of members of far-right party and Orthodox religious groups, gather and protest outside Hytirio Theater staging Terrence McNally’s “Corpus Christi” a play depicting Jesus. They attack to anyone who attempts to enter the theater. During their attempt to cancel the play they clash with riot police.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Disabled people protest pension and allowances discontinuation


Despite the rain, tens of disabled people demonstrated in Athens to protest the discontinuation of their disability pensions and allowances, until the details of current beneficiaries have been re-examined as part of a broader austerity drive.



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Disabled people protest near Omonoia square in the rain.

Disabled with their supporters protest in Omonoia square in the rain.

Disabled with their supporters protest in Omonoia square. Main banner reads: "No to the social euthanasia of people with disabilities".

Disabled people with their supporters protest near Omonoia square. Main banner reads: "No to the social euthanasia of people with disabilities".

Disabled people protest near Omonoia square in the rain.

Disabled people with supporters protest  in Stadiou street in the rain.

Disabled woman with supporter protests in the rain  in Stadiou street.

Disabled with their supporters protest in Stadiou street.


Despite the rain, tens of disabled people demonstrated in Athens to protest the discontinuation of their disability pensions and allowances, until the details of current beneficiaries have been re-examined as part of a broader austerity drive.
Despite the rain, tens of disabled people demonstrated in Athens to protest the discontinuation of their disability pensions and disability living allowance, until the details of current beneficiaries have been re-examined as part of a broader austerity drive.
Disabled citizens gathered outside the offices of the Social Security Foundation (IKA) and staged a protest march to the Ministry of Labor and Social Insurance where they delivered a petition with their demands.
Meanwhile similar demonstrations were held in another 36 cities in Greece.


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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Protest against the new electronic ID cards in Athens


Hundreds of members of orthodox Christian groups gather in Pedio Areos area in central Athens, during the afternoon. The groups marched to Parliament, to protest the new electronic ID cards.




A priest while speaking to the gathered fanatic Christians in Pedio Areos.

Protesters while burning incense.

Protesters holding Christian crosses, chanting slogans against the new IDs.

Protesters holding Christian crosses, chanting slogans against the new IDs.

The abbot of the Esphigmenou monastery in Athos, while giving a speech. This abbot has been accused by Patriarch Bartholomew for extremism and sectarianism.

Protesters holding Christian crosses, religious flags and ultra-nationalist flags, while marching near Omonoia square and chanting slogans.

Protesters holding banners, while marching near Omonoia Square and chanting slogans against the new IDs.

Priests while marching in Stadiou street. One of them demonstratively shows the Christian cross.

Protesters holding Christian crosses, religious flags and ultra-nationalist flags, while marching in Syntagma square and chanting slogans.

Protesters holding icon of the Virgin, and Greek flags, in Syntagma square while chanting slogans.

Priests and protesters while chanting the national anthem in front of the Parliament. Banner reads: "Not in global governance".

Priests and protesters while chanting the national anthem in front of the Parliament. Banner reads: "Not in global governance".

Protester wearing banner against the new Ids, while chanting slogans in front of the Parliament.

Protesters in front of a banner which reads that the new Ids are a tool of Antichrist, while chanting slogans in front of the Parliament.

The abbot of the Esphigmenou monastery in Athos, and a supporter while talking to the gathered people in Syntagma Square. This abbot has been accused by Patriarch Bartholomew for extremism and sectarianism.

Protesters gathered at Pedio Areos while listening to the speeches.

Priests and crowd gathered at Pedio Areos while listening to the speeches.

Protesters gathered at Pedio Areos while chanting slogans. Banner reads: "Not in global electronic governance".

A priest while speaking to the gathered fanatic Christians in Pedio Areos.

Protester gathered at Pedio Areos while holding a Greek flag on the same hand with a Christian cross and chanting slogans.

Protesters marching in Stadiou street and chanting slogans. Banner in the center reads: "Orthodoxy or Death".

Hundreds of members of orthodox Christian groups gather in Pedio Areos area in central Athens, during the afternoon. The groups marched to Parliament, to protest the new electronic ID cards.
Hundreds of members of orthodox Christian groups, gathered in Pedio Areos area in central Athens on Sunday afternoon and from there they marched to the Parliament, to protest the new electronic ID cards.
Among the people who had gathered early in the evening was Christos Pappas, MP of the far right party "Golden Dawn" who talked a long time with some of the people. This cooperation is not unusual at all: Last week, protests by members of far-right party Golden Dawn and religious groups against the staging of Terrence McNally’s “Corpus Christi” led to the cancellation of the play’s premiere at the Hytirio Theater, in central Athens.
The gathered crowd chanted religious hymns, some burned incense and all together chanted slogans against the new identity while the keynote speakers spoke against cadastre.
They say that the new IDs and the cadastre is a tool of the Antichrist.
But the land register that lingers to finish in Greece, is a key tool against tax evasion.
It is striking that these poor fanatics Orthodox Christians with their attitude against cadastre they are serving the interests of some very rich people who evade taxes.
The talks ended when they gave everyone a new appointment for next Thursday, where they will gather and attempt to cancel the play at the Hytirio Theater.



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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Antifascist protest in Ameriki Square area of Athens


A dynamic antifascist demonstration that was held in Ameriki Square area of Athens was called by migrants, teachers and hospital workers unions, against recent pogrom organized by followers of the far right party.



A child is standing on the shoulder of a man with a banner that reads: "Never again Fascism".

Representative of the Kenyan Community gives speech to the gathered protesters in Ameriki Square.

Protesters holding banner that read "Never again.. Fascism", in Ameriki Square, while hearing the speeches of the organizers.

Protesters holding banners that read "Never again fascism", and "Workers united, shall never be defeated" are chanting antifascist slogans, and marching in the narrow streets of the area.

Protesters holding banners that read "Never again fascism" and chanting antifascist slogans, are marching in the narrow streets of the area.

Protesters holding banner that read "Never again fascism" and chanting antifascist slogans, are marching in the narrow streets of the area.

Protesters holding banners that read "Never again fascism",and chanting antifascist slogans, are marching in the narrow streets of the area.

Two women residents of the area are observing the rally. One of them is chanting slogans to declare her support to the rally.

Protesters holding banners that read "Never again fascism" and chanting antifascist slogans, are marching in the narrow streets of the area, while Greek flags are spread on the balconies together with clothes for drying.

An elderly woman that has raised on her balcony the Greek flag, is demonstratively waving the Greek flag to declare her opposition to the rally.

Protesters holding banner that read "Never again fascism",and chanting antifascist slogans, are marching in the narrow streets of the area

Protesters holding banners,are marching in the narrow streets of the area.

Protesters holding banners that read "Never again fascism" are marching in the narrow streets of the area while an elderly woman is observing the scene.

Protesters holding banners that read "Never again fascism",and chanting antifascist slogans, are marching in the narrow streets of the area.

Protesters holding banners that read "Never again fascism", are marching in the narrow streets of the area while a family on the balcony, are observing the scene. The area is mainly inhabited with migrant workers coming from many parts of the world.

Protesters holding banners that read "Never again fascism", are marching in the narrow streets of the area while a family on the balcony, are observing the scene. The area is mainly inhabited with migrant workers coming from many parts of the world.

Protesters holding banner that reads "Never again fascism" are marching in the narrow streets of the area while an elderly resident is observing thoughtfully the scene.

Protesters march in Patision street. Main banner reads: "Never again fascism".


A dynamic antifascist demonstration that was held today in Ameriki Square area of Athens,  was called by migrants, teachers and hospital workers unions, against recent pogrom organized by followers of the far right party.
Tens of migrant residents of the area demonstrated in the narrow streets of this area of Athens center. Amerikis square is an area with many old apartment buildings, and for the last 20 years the area is mainly inhabited with migrant workers coming from many parts of the world.
The rally was peaceful, while protesters dynamically chanted slogans against fascism.
The organizers and representatives that made a speech in the beginning of the rally said that "the fascists who have shut down the playground in the Square of Saint Panteleimonas and are claiming control of the area, have lately tried to expand to the Ameriki square and the neighborhoods around it. They organized a pogrom, they attacked shops owned by immigrants and they smashed the offices of the Tanzanian Community. The area faces huge problems like racist attacks against the life of anyone who is different, the hospital of the area is closing down, as of recent austerity measures, the schools and the nurseries are shrinking, the public cleaning services and the free spaces are falling apart. In front of all these problems, the government, the bosses and the Troika want to turn us, the workers and the poor, one against the other, instead of uniting against the real enemy".



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