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A ten-minute video with figures of fighters and scenes of the revolution of 1821, will be shown every half hour, from 9 to 11 every night, in front of the Palace of Parliament, as part of the celebration of 200 years of the most glorious event in modern Greek history. The first screening took place last night and the action will last a total of 10 days.

The Greek Parliament commemorates the 200th anniversary of the most important and glorious event in modern Greek history, the Revolution of 1821, with the anniversary exhibition "Facing Freedom! In the Greek Parliament, two centuries later ", which was inaugurated yesterday, Day of Philhellenism and International Solidarity, in a solemn event, in the meeting room of the Plenary Session of the Parliament.

This is "a report-station in the glorious chronicle of similar initiatives of the Greek Parliament", as the Speaker of the Parliament Costas Tassoulas characteristically stated in his greeting, emphasizing that the Parliament is not only a historical guardian of the memory of the struggle, but one of valuable trophies of that struggle, as the form of the state that the Fighters of '21 wanted is "documentary", that is, parliamentary ".

Mr. Tassoulas pointed out that "learning where we started from and how difficult we started, we better understand ourselves, because we compare it with our own past and we call it to land our own present and to be optimistic about our own future". Referring to the saying of Kolokotronis in his famous speech to the youth "We liberated you, it is up to you to equalize and decorate the place" the Speaker of Parliament stressed: "I am sure that with such a past, with such roots, with such militancy , in a difficult present and with such a solid optimism for the future, we will be able to equalize and decorate this place ".

The President of the Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, described the Exhibition in the Greek Parliament as "exceptional", as, as she noted, "in the valuable, in every respect, archival collection of the Library of Parliament, documents are recorded the Turkish yoke and build a liberal and democratic state ". Ms. Sakellaropoulou pointed out that "the necessity of establishing a constitutional state was expressed by the Greek insurgents from the first months of the Struggle", emphasizing that "in the Constitutions of the Struggle the revolutionaries recorded everything that constitutes and guarantees the unity and cohesion of the nation". The President of the Republic emphasized: "We gratefully acknowledge their contribution, study their texts and honor their struggles."

During her speech, the President of the Committee "Greece 2021", Gianna Angelopoulou-Daskalaki, pointed out that in the 200 years after the Revolution, Greek women and men are called to take advantage of the opportunity given to us by this anniversary to respond to a a corresponding challenge of accountability and vision ". Ms. Angelopoulou urged "to see our past again in its complexity, without illusions, blinders and easy simplifications, so as to gain greater self-knowledge and give our collective bond a new renewed breath, but also to invent ideas and practices plans that will conceive a promise for a better tomorrow ".

The professor and member of the Scientific Committee of the Exhibition Mr. Paschalis Kitromilidis also addressed a greeting, while the attendees were guided digitally in the exhibition by one of the curators Mrs. Theodoros Koutsogiannis. The opening event and the spaces of the exhibition were decorated with the presence of members of the Lyceum of Greek Women in traditional costumes from all parts of Greece.

The President of the Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, and the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, accompanied by the Speaker of the Parliament, Costas Tassoulas, were guided, observing all the health protection measures, in the Exhibition that is developing in the two most monumental spaces of the Plenary and in the "Eleftherios Venizelos" Hall, former Hall of Trophies and Supporters. Also, the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Mr. Ieronymos, as well as the President of the Committee "Greece 2021", Gianna Angelopoulou, were guided to the exhibits.

Dimitris Randos

 

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