Rally held in Oraiokas­tro to sup­port refugee pupils

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Hold­ing ban­ners read­ing “We ac­cept refugees, iso­late the fas­cists,” demon­stra­tors gath­ered out­side Oraiokas­tro Town Hall to pledge sol­i­dar­ity with refugee chil­dren at­tend­ing schools in the town near Thes­sa­loniki.

It was or­ga­nized by the lo­cal women’s as­so­ci­a­tion and mem­bers of the Peo­ple’s Com­mit­tee of Oraiokas­tro, and also in­cluded a march.

The rally fol­lowed one staged last week by teach­ers out­side the 1st Ele­men­tary School to ex­press sol­i­dar­ity with refugee chil­dren at­tend­ing af­ter­noon classes there. Chil­dren at­tended the 1st Ele­men­tary School yes­ter­day with­out in­ci­dent while the whole block around the school was cor­doned off by po­lice. The demon­stra­tions in fa­vor of the young­sters came in the wake of ear­lier anti-refugee protests out­side the school by the self-styled Pa­tri­otic Union of Greek Ci­ti­zens of Oraiokas­tro. In some cases, the “pa­tri­ots” tried to chain them­selves to the school gate to block en­try to refugee chil­dren.

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