Different cultures develop different ways to protest public policy. Northern Greece has the market cornered on one mode of political expression: yogurt tossing.
The city of Salonika played host last week to a 60-year-old man who threw a pot of yogurt at regional politician Panayotis Psomiadis during a statue-inauguration ceremony.
Nobody is really sure why this man did it. One theory, which seems like a long shot, focuses on a local investigation into a dairy manager’s corruption. Psomiadis’ opponents have hurled charges that he’s connected to the manager, but I can’t how this compels someone to hurl yogurt at him.
Now I’m a worldy man. And I understand that various countries and regions have different modes of political protest.
Italians go on strike when they need to make their views known. Canada is rife with dissent and rebellion—albeit in the form of polite requests. And some Iraqis enjoy using the IED to say their piece.
But only in Greece does this aspect of political culture involve … well, active cultures.
Psomiadis, the target of the yogurt toss, is running for re-election. It’s unclear if he will attempt to use the incident to his advantage in the election next Sunday.
Me? I’d milk it for all it’s worth.