Protest held outside German embassy over WWII reparations


Dozens of people from the town of Distomo, in south-central Greece, held a peaceful candlelight demonstration outside the German embassy in Athens early on Thursday evening in support of their claim for war reparations, an issue now tabled at the International Court of Justice in The Hague ahead of a deadline in the case. 


Distomo residents had been awarded war reparations from Germany by an Italian court, which ruled that Germany should pay 25 million euro to relatives of the massacre victims plus interest from 1997. The German State has appealed against the decision at the International Court of Justice at The Hague and the Greek state now has one week to apply in order to be represented when the case is heard. 
Distomo was the scene of a massacre during WWII when 218 locals were executed as part of Nazi reprisals for the activity of partisans in the area.  (ANA)