November 17th is a school holiday in Greece in commemoration of a 1973 event when Greece was ruled by a 3-man military Junta. On that date the military used deadly force to quell a student uprising. The Junta did not last much longer and to this day the national police and military are not allowed to restore order on University campuses in Greece.

In Athens there are speeches at the Poly Technical School gates then a parade to the United States embassy. In years past there has been violent clashes between demonstrators and police. Here on Paros the commemoration takes the form of all school foot races for grades 3 to 6; it was Aliki's turn to host.

The younger girls start.

A clear winner for the younger boys.


At November 18, 2006 6:40 PM East of Oregon said...

interesting post


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