Summary of events in Syntagma on 03 September 2011

03 September was our first big protest gathering in Syntagma after the summer. This is a English-language summary of the tweets of people who were there. The original tweets in Greek, English and Spanish can be found here. For those who are not familiar with the geography of Syntagma, a map of the area is available here. Note that “upper square” refers to the eastern side of Syntagma, in front of parliament while “lower square” refers to the central part of Syntagma.

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The Dangers of Yoghurtification as a Political Movement in Greece

After writing my open letter to Miltiadis Papaioannou, I realised that non-Greek readers may not be conversant with the traditional form of armed resistance in Greece called yoghurtification.  An explanation is therefore in order.

Yoghurtification (noun) – from Greek γιαούρτωμα. The act of throwing yoghurt at one or several public figures, such as politicians, journalists and actors. [Merriam-Webster’s Standard Greek-English Dictionary]

The Encyclopaedia of Greek Popular Arts and Traditions specifies that yoghurtification may be accompanied by other projectiles, including, but not limited to, lemon rinds (λεμονόκουπες), fresh or rotten tomatoes, fresh or rotten eggs and any other relevant food and non-food items as long as they stick, stink or stain.

In the last few months, creative forms of yoghurtification have emerged in Greece, such as yoghurtification with tzatziki. While these are considered non-canon (see An Anthropological Approach To Greek Politics Through The Ages, SYRIZA publications, 2010), the involvement of garlic presents the benefit of caring for the yoghurtified person’s blood pressure in addition to skin softness, without being detrimental in any way to the criteria of stickiness, stench or staining described above.

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