Skip to Content

Massive police deployment in Athens for the anniversary of the Polytechnic uprising in 1973. Twitter

Clashes erupt in Thessaloniki, Greece on the anniversary of the 1973 revolt

On Thursday Greece commemorated the 49th anniversary of the Polytechnic student uprising, which started with a massive student demonstration and quickly turned into a revolt against the military junta.

Published: November 19, 2022, 6:47 am

    Read more


    Clashes erupted on Thursday night in Thessaloniki on the anniversary of the uprising. While Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis praised the revolt, police were quickly deployed to quell the unrest.

    As reported by the state-run AMNA news agency, Greeks of all ages, civil servants, representatives of political parties, associations and universities came to the historic site of the Polytechnic to pay tribute to the heroes of the uprising.

    The uprising united Greeks regardless of their political views and became one of the main symbols of the struggle against the junta. It ended in a bloodbath on the morning of 17 November, during which at least 24 civilians were killed.

    Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou stressed the importance of the uprising for Greeks. “It is a symbol of political freedom and reminds us that the struggle for democracy is a permanent and demanding one,” she said in a statement.

    The European Realist Disobedience Front, or MIRA25, another left-wing opposition party led by former finance minister Yannis Varoufakis, said in a statement, “49 years after the Polytechnic students’ uprising against the junta, the slogans of the youth who saved the honour of this people, remain relevant and alive”.

    Dimitris Koutsoubas, secretary general of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), said in a statement, “The messages of the uprising are timeless, they are more relevant today than ever, even though various people try to slander the Polytechnic’s struggle every year.”

    In Athens too, thousands of Greeks took to the streets for the anniversary while law enforcement deployed 5 700 officers, drones and helicopters.

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.


    In 4 years, 343 terror convicts have been released in France

    ParisPrisoners convicted of terrorism-related offences are monitored by the judiciary and intelligence services upon their release. This has been a huge cost to French taxpayers.

    Green MP complains about ‘cold Bundestag’

    BerlinAnyone who dares to complain about gas prices, which have increased at least six fold in the last year, is denounced as a traitor in Germany. In reality, many families do not know how they will stay warm since they are no longer able to afford heating.

    Vlaams Belang calls on government to cancel WEF membership

    BrusselsIn 2022, the Flemish government will pay €175 763.87 in membership fees to the World Economic Forum (WEF) and 27 000 Swiss francs (about €27 300) as participation fees to the annual meeting of the WEF in Davos. This is according to Flemish minister-president Jan Jambon's response to a parliamentary question by Flemish MP Sam van Rooy.

    Human traffickers shoot at Hungarian police during highway chase

    BudapestTo keep illegals flooding into the EU, human traffickers are now willing to accept the deaths of police officers. During a chase on the Hungarian highway, alleged Iraqi traffickers opened fire at the police. In the end, the traffickers could only be arrested and disarmed by a counter-terrorism unit.

    Will Elon Musk be the game changer in Ukraine?

    KievTesla founder Elon Musk is once again becoming an important military factor in the Ukrainian theater of war. Musk has decided to take around 1 300 of his Starlink satellites, which previously covered the territory of Ukraine, off the grid due to financing problems.

    How an unverified mainstream media report almost started WW3

    KievAlthough his closest allies, the US and Poland, are certain that one of his rockets hit the Polish village, Ukraine's President Vladimir Zelensky insisted until Wednesday that his neighbour was the culprit. He has so far refused to apologize for the attack that killed two Polish citizens and destroyed a tractor.

    French NATO soldiers in Romania hungry, freezing, overrun by rats 

    CincuFrench NATO soldiers stationed at the Cincu military base in Romania bitterly complained to an investigative journalist about the terrible living conditions they suffer. They live in filthy prefabricated houses from Mali that are hardly heated, there are not enough toilets, and garbage is piling up in the camp.

    Poll: 7 out of 10 French voters demand tougher migration policy

    LyonRight-wing and even Macron voters are strongly in favour of stricter measures regarding the reception and management of migrants on French territory, but it appears that the president has been deliberately deceiving his constituents. It is becoming increasingly difficult for the authorities and the media to make people believe that denouncing the migratory invasion is an "extreme right-wing" issue.

    AfD’s Weidel outperforms top ‘mainstream’ politicians

    It is a small sensation that should ring all the alarm bells among the established players. According to a recent survey by the Wahlkreisprognose platform, AfD federal spokeswoman Alice Weidel is now the favorite for the job of chancellor in central Germany – ahead of incumbent Scholz (SPD).

    Iranian brothers allegedly spied on Sweden

    StockholmTwo Iranian-born brothers have been indicted for selling vast amounts of classified information – of an extremely sensitive nature – to the Russian intelligence agency GRU. For the Armed Forces and the Security Police, it will be extra embarrassing because the brothers held several important positions in the most secret parts of the Swedish security apparatus.

    Go to archive