Mid-November is a strange time in Greece, especially in Athens. Especially if one is living close to Exarchia and anarcho-leftist groups of Greek society. Between 14 and 18th of November everything and everyone is focused on the November 17th anniversary. This is perhaps the most important Greek political anniversary: symbolical date of the “beginning of the end” of the junta (aka Regime of the Colonels) rulings in Greece. Officially dated 1967-74, it was a culmination of fascist domination period in Greece that started in 1949 at the end of Greek civil war, won by the royalist government. Desperate to keep Greece in the Western Bloc, USA and Great Britain not only allowed it, but provided material help to the fascists, effectively pushing Greece into 25 years of military and police terror and dictatorship.
17th of November 1973 is widely considered a symbolic end of that era. With massive demonstrations known as Athens Polytechnic Uprising, the social resistance grew strong enough to bring the end to the regime (officially: 24 of July 1974). Continue reading November in Greece