Post-lockdown opera performed in Greece’s Herodes Atticus theatre | AFP

The Greek National Opera plays at the Herodes Atticus theatre – an ancient Roman theatre built on the slopes of the Acropolis in Athens. Greek and international opera stars took part in the show which was performed under strict virus safety measures.

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How Georgia’s Governor Banned Cities from Requiring Masks

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order overriding decisions made by several Georgia cities including Atlanta, Savannah, August, and Athens to require face coverings in public, replacing it with language saying Georgia residents are “strongly encouraged to wear face coverings as practicable.”

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Greece in declutter race to mark battle anniversary

Greece is commemorating one of the greatest naval battles in ancient history this year at Salamis, the claw-shaped island skirting the mainland near Athens. (July 20)

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Clashes break out in Athens over tighter demonstration rules | AFP

Thousands of Greeks protest against a government bill setting new restrictions on street protests. Clashes erupted, with protesters hurling petrol bombs and police using tear gas to disperse them.

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Greece: people gather in Athens in support of migrants on World Refugee Day | AFP

Hundreds of people gather in Athens to show their support for migrants and refugees on World Refugee Day, one of several events organised in the Greek capital to send a message of solidarity around the world. The policy of Greece’s conservative government, which was voted in nearly a year ago, is to make the country a “less attractive” destination to migrants. There are around 120,000 of them in the country today. IMAGES

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Italy’s Foreign Minister meets Greek counterpart in Athens | AFP

Italian foreign minister Luigi Di Maio arrives in Athens for a meeting with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendia. IMAGES

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Mediterraneans long for embraces as COVID-19 forces new social rites | AFP

In Marseille, Tunis or Athens, Mediterranean people used to kissing, shaking hands or, but are struggling to come to terms with social distancing, but are inventing new social rituals.

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Greek president reopens the Acropolis in Athens to the public | AFP

Greek President Ekateríni Sakellaropoúlou leaves the Acropolis in Athens as it reopens to the public. Visitors will be allowed to visit all open-air archaeological sites in the country, after a two-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. IMAGES

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Greece: Strays feel the bite as pandemic spreads | AFP

As coronavirus forces millions of people around the world into lockdown, another sizeable population has also been hard hit — stray animals. A network of volunteers dedicated to reducing stray cat overpopulation in Athens, Nine Lives Greece, says “because of the quarantine we have a heavier load.”

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Coronavirus: Migrants protest at Greek camp under virus lockdown | AFP

Migrants hold banners in a sign of protest at the gate of the Malakasa camp near Athens, the second Greek migrant camp to be placed under lockdown after an Afghan resident tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus/Greece: migrants protest at camp under virus lockdown | AFP

Migrants hold banners in a sign of protest at the gate of the Malakasa camp near Athens, the second Greek migrant camp placed under lockdown after an Afghan resident tested positive for the coronavirus. IMAGES

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Today in History for April 6th

The United States enters World War One; First modern Olympic Games open in Athens, Greece; Harry Houdini is born. (April 6)

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Teen graffiti artist paints COVID-19 mural on Athens roof | AFP

Sixteen-year-old Greek graffiti artist S.F. paints a mural inspired by COVID-19 on the roof of his apartment block in Athens. The piece features an image of the virus pathogen and a message to stay home. S.F. has been making street art since 2011 and spends all of his allowance on supplies. As Greece is now under lockdown because of the pandemic he can no longer paint in public spaces so he sticks to his building rooftop.

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Greek navy ship arrives to house Lesbos island migrants | AFP

Greece brings in a navy ship to house hundreds of refugees and migrants who have recently arrived on Lesbos, an island whose migrant camps are already vastly overstretched. In an effort to curb the recent influx of arrivals from Turkey, Athens has suspended asylum procedures.

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