EnetEnglish.gr, 16:24 Thursday 28 November 2013
Journalist found guilty of insulting 'proud national socialist' by calling him a 'neonazi'
Mytilini school director had called 1973 Polytechnic uprising was a 'hoax'
On the anniversary of the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Polytechnic uprising, school director Vasilis Makrypoulias posted an entry on his blog calling the 1973 Polytechnic uprising, in which over 20 people were killed, 'the ultimate hoax'
A court on the Aegean island of Mytilini has handed down a six month suspended sentence – subject to an appeal – to a journalist for referring to a self-proclaimed "national socialist" school director as a "neonazi".
Stratis Balaskas was originally accused of libelling Vasilis Makrypoulias, who is the director of the 6th junior highschool on Lesvos, but the charge was reduced to an insult during his trial on Wednesday that lasted eight hours.
On the anniversary of the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Polytechnic uprising, in which over 20 people were killed, Makrypoulias had posted an entry on his blog entitled "The ultimate hoax: the Polytechnic in 1973", which included a rightwing documentary called "The Myth of the Polytechnic".
In an article on the local Emprosnet.gr newssite, Balaskas, who also contributes to Eleftherotypia, referred to Makrypoulias as a "Golden Dawn highschool chief" and "known and avowed neonazi highschool chief of the 6th junior highschool of Lesvos".
Later it emerged that during the official ceremony at Makrypoulias' school marking the commemoration, the documentary that Makrypoulias had included on his blog was shown, apparently at the "initiative" of two students.
In the past, Makrypoulias has posted messages on his blog calling for people to vote for Golden Dawn, published articles by leading German Nazis Joseph Goebbels and Rudolf Hess, praised the 1967-74 junta and proclaimed that he was "proud to be a national socialist".
At the trial, Makrypoulias denied he had Golden Dawn links and said he was simply a "Greek".