Austerians call for sale of a Greek icon’s tomb

From Greek reporter comes news that the Troika-imposed austerity may lead to sale of one of the founders of the modern Greek state.

By way of comparison, imagine a Republican calling for the sale of Grant’s Tomb to Disney.

But those German lenders have to be paid.

From Keep Talking Greece:

Remember when we were saying that at the end, lenders will grab also Acropolis? OK, we are not so far yet, but… apparently on the right direction. The tomb of one of the most famous  Greek politicians Eleftherios Venizelos, the “maker of modern Greece” has been transferred to the new Privatization Fund allegedly in order to be able to be properly ‘utilized’ – see sold.

Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos passed a legislation amendment on Thursday according to which all properties belonging to Greek Tourism Organization (GTO/EOT) will be transferred to the new Privatization super Fund that will sale them to interested investors.

Greek media report that one of the transferred EOT properties is also the Tombs of Venizelos family near Akrotiti in Chania on the island of Crete.


Eleftherios Venizelos (1864-1936) was an eminent Greek leader of the Greek national liberation movement and a charismatic statesman of the early 20th century remembered for his promotion of liberal-democratic policies. He was elected several times as Prime Minister of Greece. Venizelos had such profound influence on the internal and external affairs of Greece that he is credited with being “the maker of modern Greece”, and is still widely known as the “Ethnarch”, the “Governor”.

One response to “Austerians call for sale of a Greek icon’s tomb

  1. Recent history shows that if a property has been transferred to the Privatization Fund, it is the most certain sign it will never be sold.

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