Today, Greece is commemorating the 42nd anniversary since theNovember 17 student uprising at the Polytechnic School of Athens
against the military junta that ruled the country from 1967 to 1974. Starting November 15, 1973 thousands of students occupied the Polytechnic School and transmitted a message of resistance against the military junta, through the legendary radio station they set up.
Renowned Greek poet, left-wing activist and active member of the Greek Resistance during WWII, Yannis Ritsos
, wrote the poem “The boy and the door” (“Το αγόρι και η πόρτα
“), in honor of the Polytechnic School uprising and the young people who died there, defending justice and democracy.
The boy and the door
Where he fell
There is a red lake
a red tree,
a red bird.
It stood up
the demolished door-
thousands of horses.
The people rode.
Komninos! – we screamed.
He turned back and looked at us.
He was wearing neither a bandage
nor a wreath.
White horses, red horses
and black, blacker-
gallop, – history
To be on time.
See more: Foundation of the Hellenic World: The Fall of Dictatorship, 1970-1974; Secretariat- General of Information: About Greece – History of Modern Greece
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