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Draconian Security Measures for Greek Parades

For the third consecutive year, thousands of police officers and strict security measures were deployed in order to shut down Athens’ and Thessaloniki’s centers for the parades commemorating the country’s heroic entry into World War Two. In both cities,...

PM Samaras Message on October 28 National Day

A message with multiple recipients was sent earlier today by Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras during his message for the “Oxi” national holiday. In his official statement, Samaras underlined that the nation will now be able to move forward, the long-awaited...

The OXI Greeks Need to Say Today

(Emblem of the 8th Infantry Division, the first Greek army unit that faced the Italian army in the Albanian front.)  On October 28, 1940, the Italian Ambassador to Greece, Emanuele Grazzi, visited Greek Prime Minister (and dictator) Ioannis Metaxas and demanded...

Thessaloniki: Minor Incident at "Oxi Day" Parade

The annual school parade to commemorate the anniversary of October 28 ("Ochi Day") took place in Thessaloniki, with the participation of students from primary and secondary schools, on Sunday. The national holiday commemorates Greece's resounding "Oxi" (No) to an ultimatum...

Greeks of Australia Celebrate “Oxi Day”

The Greeks of Melbourne commemorated OXI Day with pomp and circumstance. The celebrations took place in different suburbs of Melbourne, but the most crowded were at Oakley and at Northcote. The celebrations at Oakley were organized by the Greek Community of...

Acropolis Museum Celebrates "Oxi Day"

In celebration of "Oxi Day," on October 28, Acropolis Museum will offer its visitors free admission and special events. October 28 is an important national holiday in Greece as it commemorates the day Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas rejected the ultimatum given...