I have been trying unsuccessfully, to post a recipe for the past few days but unfortunately I cannot pretend that nothing has happened and still is happening here in Athens and other parts of Greece. Most of you probably are aware that after the killing of a teenage boy by a policeman last Saturday, riots were set off in Athens and many other cities in Greece. After all these incidents I feel very sad and depressed and could not pretend that nothing has happened.
The incident itself broke my heart both as regards the unjustified death of a fifteen year old boy and I can feel the pain of his family and especially his mother and on the other hand I also sympathize with the family of the policeman and his innocent three children.
Nobody speaks about these three children as if they are non-existent, as if they should be punished for something they were not to blame of. The media were in a haste to acclaim him as a cold blooded murderer before justice could decide on how the real incidents happened just to get some more spectators and some political parties have been silently encouraging the incidents for their own personal gains.
Things seem to be a bit calmer since yesterday but not quite. My house is just a few metres away from a complex of school buildings and even now as I am writing I can hear groups of pupils leaving school, shouting and protesting. Later on there will be demonstrations in the town centre and some of these pupils are going to join others from other schools. Nobody knows how these incidents may end.
I would like to thank all of you who sent me e-mails asking about the situation and about how my family and I are. At the beginning I misjudged the situation and reassured you that it was nothing serious as during the past decades we are used to similar acts by a group of anarchists who decide that the properties of innocent people should be vandalized.
Now we have to indulge with a third group of people, mostly illegal immigrants, who take advantage of the riots and invade behind them, looting the shops. Hundreds of shops have been destroyed, burned and looted and as we speak 3.500 employees have been affected and are now unemployed and there will be more economic repercussions as this situation is affecting a whole group of people employed in the city centre.
Christmas celebration seems to be meaningless with all that’s going on but we hope that these incidents will fade out and peace and tranquility will prevail again.