Athens Polytechnic uprising of 1973

On the day, the student strike started in the Athens Polytechnic had escalated to an open anti-junta revolt, and ended in bloodshed in the early morning of November 17 after a series of events starting with a tank crashing through the gates of the Polytechnic.

November 14, 2019 by Peoples Dispatch

On November 14, 1973, the Athens Polytechnic uprising had begun as a massive demonstration of popular rejection of the right-wing Greek military junta of 1967–1974. On the day, the student strike started in the Athens Polytechnic had escalated to an open anti-junta revolt, and ended in bloodshed in the early morning of November 17 after a series of events starting with a tank crashing through the gates of the Polytechnic. Around 40 students were killed by the military forces. Diomidis Komninos (1956–1973), a Greek high school student, was the first casualty of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. He was shot opposite the main gate of the Polytechnic.The student uprising is hailed by many as a valiant act of resistance against the military dictatorship, and therefore as a symbol of resistance to tyranny. The uprising paved way to a series of events that put an abrupt end to the regime’s attempted “liberalisation” process.

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