November 17th Commemorated in Greece

Published November 18, 2018

November 17th Commemorated in Greece

On November 18, tens of thousands of people took to the streets in several cities to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Polytechnic Uprising and to honor the victims of the military and all fascist regimes. Clashes broke out in the Exarchia district of Athens and outside the police headquarters on Alexandras Avenue, in Patras, and molotovs and tear gas surrounded the campus of the Aristotle University in the city of Thessaloniki.

Athens

17th of November is the day of the student revolt against the dictatorship in Athens, Greece in 1973 is commemorated. Every year thousands of people celebrate the massive students’ revolt against the colonels’ junta in 1973.

Also on this day, in 1985, Michalis Kaltezas, a 15-year old anarchist student, was shot and killed by a cop in Exarchia during demonstrations. Immediately after Kaltezas’ murder, the old Chemical School and the Polytechnic University was occupied and protests erupted in downtown Athens.

Athens