There were marked antisemitic tones to a rally against Greece’s new electronic ID cards which gathered hundreds of people in the centre of Thessaloniki.
Lay people and members of the Greek Orthodox organisation “Agios Vasileios” protested the “instruments of Antichrist and the New World Order” holding religious icons, banners, Greek and Byzantine flags. One of the banners featured the message: “No to the citizen card. There is only one enemy: International Zionism.”
Antisemitic publications with titles including “The Jewish-Zionist vampire Soros is thirsty for Greek blood” were available for purchase during the demonstration. The protesters shouted slogans against “the Jewish” Mayor of Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutaris.
One of the speakers was the excommunicated Abbot Methodios, who at a similar rally in Athens a few weeks ago threatened Jews with a “Greek Hitler”. In Thessaloniki, he suggested that Christians “are enslaved by the Jews”, adding that “Jews were cannibals, at a time when Greeks were building Parthenons.”
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