Changing of the Guard in Athens

Athens (Greece). Walking around Syntagma Square in Athens, it’s possible to assist the ritual┬áceremony of the Changing of the Guard in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I found this tradition┬ávery interesting to be photographed, not only for its symbolic ritual, but also because just behind me, few hours before, there had been furious riots between people protesting against the IMF “troika”, and the local police. This sharp contrast made me think a lot in the following days: from one side everything was apparently ok, and the guards were performing their ritual; from the other there were desperate people fighting furiously and protesting against job cuts, low salaries and reduced services. It was really a “Greek Tragedy”, but it was tremendously real…

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