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Varoufakis returns with 1,101

08 October 2015 / 11:10:22  GRReporter
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Three months after resigning Greece’s former Minister of Finance Yanis Varoufakis is returning, although, for the time being, it is not clear exactly with what.

A video entitled "1,101 are coming" is circulating in the Greek social networks, presenting Varoufakis and several other persons only by their first names. Besides Varoufakis, actor Kleon Grigoriadis is the only one who is known to the general public in Greece.

The video begins with the promise that "1,101 are coming to change everything on Sunday, 1 November." It shows the faces of the persons on the screen one after another and then subsequently the explanation that they are coming "to change everything in society, information, history and democracy."

The faces in the video are filmed against a grey metallic background that resembles a science fiction film, showing the arrival of aliens on Earth. The persons are presented to the sound of equally epic music, the associations with the fantasy film "300" being inevitable.


 
The introductory slogan, "They are coming to change everything" is followed by a presentation of the people by their first names. Yanis Varoufakis is the sixth in succession, appearing immediately after a young woman named Thea (the word is ambiguous and its meaning depends on the accent. In this case it is on the 'e' and the meaning is view/panorama but when it is on the 'a' the word means 'goddess' - editor's note).

Then follow the inscriptions 'in society', 'in information', 'in history', 'in democracy' and the faces of another six persons named Phaedra, Stavros, Odysseas, Renetta, Costas, Virginia.

Later the video shows four faces without names, continuing by presenting the rest, 'George, Zoe, Alex, Kleon (Grigoriadis - editor’s note), Manolis, Konstantinos'.

Four other persons without names follow again. The video ends with the inscriptions, "They are coming to change everything," "On Sunday, 1 November, 1,101 are coming." The video has been posted on a separate website with the same name, www.1101.gr.

The Greek media comment that, according to the latest information, Yanis Varoufakis and his collaborators will present a broadcast on the Internet video platform thepressproject, which the video is promoting. They assume that at a later stage the broadcast may grow and become a movement headed by the former Minister of Finance.

Despite his absence from politics in recent months, Yanis Varoufakis has not given up his favourite occupation, namely to give interviews to international media. In a recent one with the French magazine L'Obs he describes his decision to leave the previous government when Alexis Tsipras told him, "It is time to surrender" and he replied, "Not me."

"We had a friendly talk, filled with grief. He thought that if we continued to defend our position Greece would be destroyed. I did not agree with him and therefore I left," states Varoufakis.

Tags: PoliticsYanis VaroufakisVideo1101
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