Festival against racism in Thessaloniki, Greece

Greece Thessaloniki TRAVEL

Due to the worsening economic situation there has been an increase of incidents of racist violence in Greece over the last 18 months.
The neo-fascist party Golden Dawn is becoming more and more popular in Greece. It is now essential to do something about that. The theater team that I participate took part in the anti racist demonstration that took part in February 2013 in Thessaloniki.

festival against racism in Aristotelous Thessaloniki Greece

We improvised in the play; 4 of us mixed with the crowd representing victims of racism and the rest 2 members were acting as racists. They were looking  for us in the crowd swearing and screaming, grabbing and throwing us in front of the crowd.

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festival against racism in Aristotelous Thessaloniki Greece

When all of us where in front of the crowd, slowly the 4 victims started to open our jackets where some letters were hidden,getting up slowly and revealing the letters of the word “human”.

festival against racism in Aristotelous Thessaloniki Greece

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anthropos=human

festival against racism in Aristotelous Thessaloniki Greece

I am very proud to have participated in this occasion, it took me only 5 minutes but it probably made some people think and reconsider. People need to realise that all people are equal and have feelings and no one has the right to treat anyone like their inferior human being.

“First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me.”
― Martin Niemöller

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  • j*ofalltrades March 4, 2013

    This is absolutely amazing and I think you are not only very inspiring for having done this but courageous too! It’s not easy to get in front of a crowd to perform in any way; never mind for a topic that makes people already uncomfortable. Yet I believe we do need eye opening techniques like this that help people see the reality of the problem in a way that maybe is easier than just another story they heard of TV or read in an article.

  • vinneve March 18, 2016

    Very nice of you to joined in.

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