Athens Strike – Part 2

The previous post was uploaded on Sunday at about 10:00 am Athens time.  It was the morning of the major strike.  Who would have known that there was more to come below our balcony.  By about 12:30, loud music started and people started to gather.  Eventually, the street and side street were closed to traffic. News camera people arrived and were mostly taking background video.  I saw one woman being interviewed and a reporter positioned in front of the crowd, and speaking into his microphone.

As people began to stretch banners across the street, it became apparent that I was watching the start of another march.  Someone blew a whistle several times and then the music stopped and speeches started. Unfortunately, it was Greek to us and the meaning of the words were lost to us.  The emotion and passion came through clearly.

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The short video below shows the actual mood of the crowd.

The protesters marched (actually walked would be a better descriptor) and soon our street was empty and traffic was allowed to pass.  At about 2 pm we headed for the Acropolis. Amid the massive strike, we were somewhat surprised to learn the Acropolis was open to tourists.  There was no charge for kids, but adults were 2o Euros each.

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The Erechtheion with Ionic columns holding up the roof of the porch to the far, Ionic columns supporting the main structure and Caryatides (women) holding up the porch nearest to us.
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Reconstructed Theater of Dionysos – capacity 17,000

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The Parthenon – notice the new white marble pieces that are part of a multi-year project to right the errors made during a restoration effort made during the 1800’s.
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A view of the Parthenon from the side that is initially seen after climbing the steps.
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Rachel’s crepe with vanilla icecream, topped with the chocolate and the flag of Greece. We stopped for a snack after the visit to the Acropolis.
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This shot of police with gas masks and shin guards was taken at about 6 pm.  The protesters completely surrounded Syntagma Square while we were there.  There was friendly banter between the protesters and the police. Two hours later a couple of protesters who threw Molotov cocktails at these police.  Watching what made the news on the BBC, you would have the impression that the crowd was out of control.  To the contrary, most of the protesters were 50 or older.
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This shot was taken from the same place I was standing when I took the picture of the police in riot gear (see above).
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When we arrived back at our apartment there was a crowd in the street. There are two police riot buses blocking the street.  There was chain link wire fencing cover the bus windows. I’m not sure what was going on here or why most people were facing the buses. Again, the mood of the people was not at all what I would characterize as angry. Frustration, maybe.

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