Greece marks day of defiance


Students march in a parade in the northern Peloponnese town of Argos on Saturday. Similar events took place around the country to mark Ochi Day, which commemorates October 28, 1940, when Greek leader Ioannis Metaxas rejected Mussolini’s ultimatum, propeling Greece into World War II. However, the anniversary events were not without controversy as Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris refused to preside over the student parade or a display by the armed forces in the northern port city, saying that such displays ‘cultivate a military spirit, and do so in the wrong way.’ [Evangelos Bougiotis/ANA-MPA]