The kids are alt-right?

A wave of student protests spread throughout Greece during the last week of November. The rallies were supported by far-right and neo-Nazi organizations.

Dialekti Angeli
Dialekti Angeli NewsMavens, Greece
The kids are alt-right? - NewsMavens
Demonstration, Thessaloniki, November 29, 2018, YouTube

Why this story matters:

The protests rapidly spread from school to school, especially in the northern part of the country.

Those in favor of this form of mobilization didn't hide their political identity; the neo-nazi group Golden Dawn along with the vice president of the New Democracy, known for his far-right beliefs, appeared on the social media to encourage protesting schools.

The organizers meant for November 29 to be the peak of their demonstrations, trying to persuade students to massively occupy their schools and rally against the agreement on the name of Northern Macedonia along with other irredentist and nationalistic matters.

Fortunately, the student rally in the northern city of Thessaloniki was much less successful than what the far-right organizers had expected.

Still, Greeks witnessed rattling sights during the protests, for example thirteen-year-old boys and girls shouting racist and vulgar slogans, such as the right-wing classic “A knife in the heart of every antifa!”

On the other hand, there were also students who turned their backs on nationalism. Thousands of banners with anti-fascist slogans were put up in schools all over the country. These students said a resounding “NO” to fascism and nationalism, taking part in a massive anti-fascist rally which took place in the center of Athens on November 29, as an answer to the nationalist demonstration in Thessaloniki.

Details from the story:

  • According to the figures provided by the Regional Education Directorates and released by the Ministry of Education, there were protests in 13.9% of all schools.
  • In Attica, out of a total of more than 500 schools, only a few dozen were occupied.
  • The abovementioned figures proves that the attempt of the far-right to affect students was received unevenly, depending on the region.
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