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October 2, 2012
October 2, 2012

Open letter from a teacher to Mr. Dendias

Author: Julie Pezopoulou Translator: Maria Floutsakou
Category: Letters from home
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Open letter from a teacher to Mr. Dendias

Mr Dendias[1],

I strongly feel the urge, as a member of this society to ask you some reasonable, I believe, questions that seek your answers.

I’m one of those that find themselves every single time at the protests of Syntagma square, along with thousands of my fellow desperate citizens. And every time, I feel proud and happy seeing so many young children out on the streets worrying, struggling, raising their fist in defiance, and uniting their voices with ours, the older generations. What could be more comforting for us all, indeed? I am proud of them, and I feel a certainty inside, the warmth emitted by their presence, and the hope that they will make it.

What makes me deeply sad concerns obviously all the struggling people; however, I am focusing on the younger generation, this sensitive part of my fellow citizens with which I have been mingling and which I have been serving in my everyday life through education for the past 30 years. All these young kids I meet every time out on the streets may have not been educated by me but this is absolutely of no importance, because for educators all youths are our children in our heart. Besides, isn’t this part of our society that all of our attention is focused on? Aren’t they the ones for whom we are fighting? Aren’t they the ones to whom the future belongs?

I deeply greave, Mr. Dendias when I see these children suffering and enduring this horrible, cruel and very dangerous war of tear gas, asphyxiating and carcinogenic, that you make them inhale. And every time, I feel that you send our children to the gas chamber, as if they had done something wrong and they must pay by death for their actions. Unfortunately, I feel sorry you are not present to see their reddened eyes, their faces covered with maalox and their gas masks, which most of the times pull out and offer to someone older. And since I mentioned this, I feel the need to thank through these few lines from the bottom of my heart that young kid who on September 26th, while I was chocking, placed his mask in my hands and ran off, and all the other kids who gave me what was left of their maalox , and helped me during those difficult moments.

And I ask you this, -and I want answers- Mr.Dendias

Do these children deserve that kind of treatment? As if the unemployment that plagues them is not enough? Paying for our mistakes, is not enough? Do we have to punish them on top of that and treat them as a bunch of “dirty brats” who dare protest? Or do we pursue in every way to drive the few remaining ones away from their home?

I want to ask you one thing: why don’t you put an end to this extremely dangerous phenomenon right here right now? Answer me why! And moreover, I clearly ask you as a citizen and voter of this country: Is it with your own orders and with the auspice of the State that these things are happening? Or perhaps some people are acting arbitrarily? This arbitrariness is a serious misconduct that should be severely punished. Who are these people who are fighting and bullying our children and why? Aren’t they supposed to be members of the Greek society? What do these destructive and horrific tactics serve? Apart from harming these children, physically and mentally? Apart from depressing and making them feel unwanted in their own country?

Do you know what it is that our children need right now, Mr. Dendias? They need you to open the floodgates of OXYGEN and let them breathe! Because they are SMOTHERED! YOY ARE SMOTHERING THEM!

My students are waiting for me to give them answers. Help me in this please, Mr. Dendias. So that we can all look our children in the eyes.


[1]. Nikos Dendias is Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection. He is the political supervisor of a Police Force that openly beats and tortures, the inspirer of pogrom-like operations such as Zeus (against migrants) and Thetis (against drug addicts) and responsible for the eviction of the longest-standing squats of the city (which have been cultural centres and strongholds against the neo-nazi Golden Dawn)

Julie Pezopoulou is a High School Head Mistress


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