The annual military parade to celebrate the beginning of the 1821-29 Revolution against the Ottoman Empire finds Greece in its worst position for decades. Two Greek soldiers have been held hostage for over a month under dubious charges of crossing a non-existent border and spying in full army uniforms, while Turkish re-militarization in its neighboring countries, Syria and Iraq, and irredentist claims from both Albania and FYROM have resurfaced.
For over two decades, successive Greek governments have swung from a desire to showcase the parades as being “multicultural,” initially by placing Albanians to lead the student parades, followed by nations from all over the world, with particular emphasis on Muslim students, while simultaneously also campaigning for the abolition of said parades.
A few years back, when the Greek youth questioned the troika-led governments by swearing at the political officials and dignitaries at the podiums along the parade route, demands were placed to shut these parades down. Access to the public was limited and the length of the military parades was reduced, purportedly due to budget cuts. Any show of nationalism and the nation-state is anathema to the globalist establishment, as after all they have created a tax-free offshore paradise and nations are just a weight on their corporate interests that they wish to do without (apart from when they are selling their products and services, of course).
Today’s celebrations, despite the poor weather and decrease in temperature, were large (judging by both the size of the participants and the actual military parade) and there were many families. Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras was absent from the main parade in Athens, being present on a small island, Psara, with a population of few hundred people. This makes sense, as his appearance just about anywhere else would probably lead to a protest. After all, he has done everything in his power to facilitate the islands in the Aegean being overwhelmed by fake refugees and under constant Turkish threat.
In turn, defense minister Panos Kammenos gave an allegedly tough speech targeting Turkish president Tayyip Erdoğan, demanding the return of two Greek soldiers detained in Turkey via NATO channels, without actually taking or intending any action. Kammenos’ statements were just the usual hot air, as after all the coalition SYRIZA-Independent Greeks government has remained in power for three full years, during which time it has cooperated fully with Turkey in coordinating a few million migrants to come across to Greece, for which Turkey has been paid handsomely from the EU.
Meanwhile, in the northern frontier city of Orestiada, we found the opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis waffling about the two Greek soldiers. In other words we had a full division of labor, including fake nationalism, emphasis on non-existent borders, and supporting the rights of fake statelets (the country calling itself “Macedonia”) in their desires to appropriate Greek history.
The struggle for social and national liberation still has a long way to go, and it reinforces the old ideals of the revolution of 1821. Freedom has to be fought for it, is never granted and never will be.
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