18 February 2012     

“I want to look right into their eyes before they vote”

“I want to look right into their eyes before they vote for the austerity measures,” the famous composer Mikis Theodorakis told reporters before entering the Greek Parliament. “They are getting ready to vote for the death of Greece,” he underlined. The veteran politicians Mikis Theodorakis (85) and Manolis Glezos (89) had called people to protest outside the parliament last Sunday.
     The two men went together to join the protest, when they fell victim of the tear gas fired by the police. The surgical masks they wore didn’t prevent the aging men feeling uncomfortable. They were both treated at the medical office of the parliament. As former deputies, Theodorakis and Glezos will attend the voting from the seats reserved for the audience.
     “We send a message of optimism. We fought and won, and this time we will win,” said Theodorakis, who fought during the civil war and the military dictatorship and was sent several times to exile.

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