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THEODORAKIS REACTS AFTER THE KILLING OF 15 YEARS OLD ALEXANDROS GRIGOROPOULOS





Riots in Athens (Photo: dpa)
The assassination of Alexandros Grigoropoulos by a policeman, Saturday 6.12., and the riots in Athens and other Greek cities that erupted after the death of this 15-year-old teen, have provoked a severe reaction from Mikis Theodorakis.





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PUBLIC STATEMENT

Behind the hand of the assassin who committed this monstrous crime that has so distressed us all hide the real moral culprits: Greek society as a whole, which for years has allowed criminal situations, whose origins are obscure yet visible to all, to breed and grow unchecked out of all proportion.

If certain self-proclaimed leaders and formers of public opinion wish to ridicule first themselves and then the entire Greek people, either out of fear, or calculation, or for other unavowed reasons, let them do so. But I will tell the whole truth exactly as I see it and as I believe the overwhelming majority of our people see it.

Stop now this dirty and dangerous game with hooded men and the forces of law and order MAT, which can only bring our people blood, tears and destruction. The objective conditions, especially when compared with what we have known and lived through in the recent past, in no way justify this situation. All this gives the impression that we want to blind our own eyes.

The time has come for the people to speak out.


Athens, 7.12.2008

Mikis Theodorakis

English translation
Ariel Wagner-Parker
after the French translation
by Costas Calfelis





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