'Fire in the every racist house' χρυσαυγη = Golden Dawn

The graffiti translates as “Fire in the house of Golden Dawn”.

This photo was featured on the cover of the Fall 2013 edition of the Michigan Quarterly Review.

The recent global financial crisis and a mismanagement of state revenue has left Greece saddled with a huge deficit, rendered even worse by the knock-on effects of the Eurozone predicament affecting the Southern European member states. The strict austerity measures imposed on Greece as a condition of the EU and IMF sponsored bailouts have taken their toll on the people of Greece, increasing support for parties at the more extreme ends of the political spectrum. The most dramatic example of this is the far-right group Golden Dawn (χρυσή αυγή), whose popularity has swelled to make it Greece’s third largest political party, holding 18 seats in Greece’s 300 strong parliament. Golden Dawn’s hugely divisive anti-immigrant stance and its links to violence and neo-Nazism have led to powerful opposition against the party and its ideology by vast swathes of the Greek population, particularly members of communist, socialist and solidarity groups. On the 18th September the fatal stabbing of the anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas (stage name Killah P) in Athens by a Golden Dawn sympathiser lead to mass demonstrations against the party both on the Greek mainland and in Chania (where Golden Dawn has an office) and Rethymno. The Greek government has responded by raiding several Golden Dawn offices and implementing legislation that could see the party banned.

Sources:

Guardian – ‘Greece moves to ban far-right Golden Dawn’

New York Times – ‘Police Raid Golden Dawn Offices in Athens After a Killing’

Financial Times – ‘Greeks join in protest against Golden Dawn stabbing’

ZARPA – ‘Protest incident outside Golden Dawn offices in Chania’

 

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Opposition to Austerity: Crete, Greece

Anti-Golden Dawn Graffiti

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Rethymno Street Art

The wonderful winding streets of Rethymno in Crete provide a fantastic opportunity to sample the unique charms of this historic town. The graffiti trend which has become increasingly widespread over the last 5 years would have conservationists up in arms, as the canvases utilised are often Venetian and Ottoman buildings, but it is just another artistic expression of the town’s rich and vibrant youth culture. As Greece’s young people face an uncertain future, while the nation struggles under its mountain of deficit, graffiti provides an outlet for self-expression, solidarity, and even opposition against reactionary far right groups like Golden Dawn.

 

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Opposition to Austerity: Crete, Greece

Rethymno Street Art

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Rethymno Popcorn

 

 

I love cities at night, they seem to come alive! And nowhere is this more true than the Cretan city of Rethymno. Despite Greece’s deficit woes, it remains a vibrant and exciting place, and the harbour area is home to all manner of bars, clubs and street vendor stalls.

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Cretan Life

Rethymno Popcorn Stall

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