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The Press Project - Greece | 24/03/2015

National pomp unworthy of Syriza government

On March 25 each year the Greeks celebrate the anniversary of the rebellion against the rule of the Ottoman Empire in 1821. This year a big party is planned after the military parade. The celebrations are entirely inappropriate under the circumstances, writes Iasonas Triantafyllidis on the portal of The Press Project: "A progressive government should abolish parades. This outdated ritual developed by authoritarian regimes is meaningless. … Especially in the year 2015. I wish there was someone with the sensitivity but also the courage to get rid of the parades - particularly since this government describes itself as progressive. Instead there will be partying and dancing outside parliament after the parade on March 25. … I had hoped I wouldn't have to witness this. Those with dignity are those who don't owe anyone anything and keep their word. Dancing, festivals and parades are pointless here."

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