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GREECE: Greek poets and artists demonstrate against the crisis by staging a protest march and poetry recital in middle of a central Athens street

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Hundreds of Greek poets and artists demonstrated on Wednesday (March 21) against the economic crisis by staging a demonstration and reciting poetry at various historical landmarks in Athens.

Two actors on stilts led the protest march, which ...

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ATHENS, GREECE (MARCH 21 2012) (REUTERS)
VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS WITH COLOURFUL PLACARDS GATHERING OUTSIDE "IANOS" BOOKSTORE IN DOWNTOWN ATHENS
VARIOUS OF MAN CARRYING PLACARD WITH PHRASE FROM POEM BY...

ATHENS, GREECE (MARCH 21 2012) (REUTERS)
VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS WITH COLOURFUL PLACARDS GATHERING OUTSIDE "IANOS" BOOKSTORE IN DOWNTOWN ATHENS
VARIOUS OF MAN CARRYING PLACARD WITH PHRASE FROM POEM BY GREEK NOBEL LAUREATE GEORGE SEFERIS READING IN ENGLISH: "LANDS OF MAN AND YOU CANNOT LOOK AT MAN"

(SOUNDBITE) (English) 40-YEAR-OLD ARCHAEOLOGIST GEORGE MANGINIS CARRYING PLACARD READING "LANDS OF MAN AND YOU CANNOT LOOK AT MAN" SAYING:
"Well, there are many demonstrations around, but this is the one I feel I belong to. A poetry demonstration. And why I chose that (sign)? The wonderful thing about Greek culture, both ancient and modern, is that it brought humankind at the centre. And in later years, there was a shift, from humans into numbers and things and that's what I think this expresses, my anger at this shift from people to things."

PROTESTERS PLAYING DRUMS AND TAMBOURINES AND MARCHING DOWN CENTRAL STREET IN ATHENS
PROTESTERS CARRYING SIGNS AND MARCHING
PROTESTERS CARRYING COLORFUL PLACARDS WITH LINES FROM GREEK POEMS ON THEM
VARIOUS OF ACTORS ON STILTS DANCING IN CENTRAL STREET IN ATHENS AND BLOCKING TRAFFIC
PROTESTERS PLAYING DRUMS AND TAMBOURINES
VARIOUS OF WOMAN BEATING DRUM

(SOUNDBITE) (Greek) POET MANOLIS TSAKIRIS, SAYING:
"With poetry, art and civilisation, artists have risen up and are creating a peaceful revolution to help raising Greece and its people up, to fight against the depression, desperation, isolation and loneliness that people are suffering from during these trying economic - and not only - times."

PROTESTERS ARRIVING AT SYNTAGMA SQUARE
PROTESTERS GATHERED AT SYNTAGMA SQUARE AND HOLDING SIGNS
VARIOUS OF WOMAN RECITING POETRY ALOUD ON STEPS AT SQUARE
VARIOUS OF STUDENTS FROM THE SCHOOL OF DANCE STAGING A SHORT DANCE PIECE IN SYNTAGMA SQUARE
VARIOUS OF WOMAN HOLDING A PLACARD READING IN GREEK: "BY YOURSELF YOU WALKED DOWN THE ROAD, ALONE YOU CAME BACK," (PHRASE FROM POEM THAT CONTAINS GREECE'S NATIONAL ANTHEM BY 19th CENTURY POET DIONYSIOS SOLOMOS) WITH PARLIAMENT IN THE BACKGROUND

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