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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-10-27

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  • [01] Students parade in Thessaloniki to commemorate "Ochi Day"

  • [01] Students parade in Thessaloniki to commemorate "Ochi Day"

    ANA-MPA -- The annual school parade to commemorate the anniversary of October 28 ("Ochi Day") took place in Thessaloniki, with the participation of students from primary and secondary schools, on Sunday.

    The national holiday commemorates Greece's resounding "Ochi" (No) to an ultimatum by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini's for free passage before invading Greece, during World War II.

    Students marched past a stand of officials on the corner of main Tsimiski and Aristotelous street, with people lining the sidewalks. Officials attending included Macedonia regional governor Apostolos Tzitzikostas, the region's secretary general, the Defence Ministry's special secretary and other officials.

    A brief incident took place at the end of the student parade when teachers' and other associations as well as representatives of main opposition SYRIZA started moving towards Tsimiski to rally after the parade, but were pushed to the sidewalk by police. A second protest rally took place at Venizelos and Tsimiski Streets by the "Movement United Against Racism and the Fascist Threat" (KEERFA).

    Later in the day, SYRIZA deputy Despina Charalambidou, who was at the first protest, issued a statement protesting police action against the demonstration while the party's press office issued a separate statement criticising New Democracy for what it called Tzitzikostas' "unacceptable stance."

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