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  • September 2004.
    Few weeks after the closing ceremony of the Athens Olympics.
    Three months after the triumph of the Greek Football team at the European Championship.
    Sunday morning.
    I came back to the scene where it all started at Omonia square.
    I was there to take some photos of the aftermath, but ended up just hanging around, under a warm Athenian autumn sun.
    A large group of people mainly youngsters where demonstrating their solidarity towards foreign migrants and anger to what had happened the night before.
    I picked up one of their leaflets: "That much football, police and nationalism, we hadn't seen since dictatorship".
    The saturday night events came back to me under a new light.
    I had witnessed headious racist acts of violence, but something else emerged.

    Tassos & I had gone out to Omonia square to buy sunday newspapers.
    On our way out from the subway we suffocated into a tear gas cloud.
    Around the square riot police everywhere, chaos, sirens, street fights, trash bins on fire and ambulances picking up injured.
    Surreal or rascist scenes!
    Hundreds of Albanians had gone out that night to celebrate their team's victory over the Greek one.
    Their celebration was not to be 'allowed' by hooligans from extreme right groups with a camouflaged support of policemen in the name of order & security.
    The confrontation turned out to become a bloody nightmare: dozens of injured & arrests.
    That same night, on the island of Zakinthos, a young Albanian was stabbed to death by a Greek boy for the same motives.
    Few days later more than 200 Albanians were deported back to their country in the absolute silence of the media.
    Those dark moments were to sign the begining of the fall of a nation. The Greek Crisis had begun...

    Today, from my self-exile, on the island of Sicily, these events are already forgotten, but Greece still lives their impact and drift.

    Sound design by Fanis Avraam from the movie Sarandis
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