Jack Kenrick, Squawker, 22 January 2018
Over four hundred thousand flag waving patriots joined together yesterday. In a display of purely Nationalistic based pride that seemed almost out of place in today’s modern diversity first Europe. Taking to the streets in protest of neighboring country Macedonia, a nation they feel has stolen an important part of their heritage and culture. Here below is some drone footage of the rally, which provides a proper sense of just how large this crowd truly was.
Not everyone was thrilled by the huge turnout. Including Greece’s Progressive government, who made their disapproval of the entire event quite clear before it even began. With multiple senior lawmakers today calling the event an irresponsible act, that only fanned the flames of the over 25-year-long feud with neighboring Macedonia.
The political disapproval for the rally is likely why despite a purported 68% of Greeks backing the protests overall goals, the crowd yesterday was met with an incredibly large militarized police presence. A presence that sadly and almost inevitably led to numerous reports of violence and the crowd clashing with authorities.
The Greek government even attempted to use its control of the media to limit the influence and reach of the protest. With the state controlled national broadcaster ERT, purposely not mentioning the largest demonstration in Greek history on their nightly news broadcast.
Beyond even these blatant examples of Government censorship, the real story however might just be the fact that the Greek people appear to have seemingly run out of patience for the Alt-Left extremists living among them. With witnesses claiming to have seen a handful of protesters break away from the crowd and throw a Molotov cocktail into a building widely known to be used by a local Antifa chapter operating in the city. While no damage was done to neighboring houses, nor anyone injured in the attack as the house was empty at the time. The Antifa occupied house was in fact completely destroyed in the ensuing blaze.
Government opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis called the rally a demonstration of “the indignation of Greek citizens towards a government that acts secretly and, with its acts and omissions, shows that it is incapable of serving national interests.” This declaration in support of the rally was met with an official government spokesperson quickly calling Mitsotakis “unreliable, irresponsible and populist.” Proving once again that anyone who has his own people’s interests at heart, is considered unacceptable by the Leftist ruling political class.
Despite the blow back from their own Government, the people of Greece don’t appear to be backing down. With the rally this weekend revealing just how many were still willing to take to the streets and openly display their love of country and national heritage. Some even, whether right or wrong, even dared to back up those words with actions against those who might otherwise want to quiet them. It’s uncertain for now if this violence was merely a one off or signs of continued conflict to come, but we do know for sure that the peaceful protests at least will be continuing. With another demonstration set for February 4th, this time located in the capital city of Athens itself.