Scenes From a Greek Election

Photographer: Eirini Vourloumis

On Sunday, Greece sent a powerful political message to the rest of the Eurozone by voting for the radical left-wing SYRIZA party to lead the nation. SYRIZA isn't your typical European liberal party. Instead it's a coalition of various far-left factions, including Communists. Indeed, there were many people waving hammer and sickle flags the night of the election. SYRIZA doesn't want Greece to leave the Eurozone, but it's going to demand a change to the austerity regime that's dominated Eurozone economics since the crisis. Photographs by Eirini Vourloumis

A SYRIZA rally at Omonia Square in Athens on Jan. 22
A SYRIZA rally at Omonia Square in Athens on Jan. 22
A presidential guard at the prime minister's official residence in Athens
A presidential guard at the prime minister's official residence in Athens
SYRIZA chief Alexis Tsipras is the second youngest Prime Minister in Greek history.
SYRIZA chief Alexis Tsipras is the second youngest Prime Minister in Greek history.

 

A Golden Dawn party supporter, outside of Athens University
A Golden Dawn party supporter, outside of Athens University
A Communist party rally in Syntagma Square
A Communist party rally in Syntagma Square

 

Victory cheers at a SYRIZA kiosk at Klathmonos Square in central Athens
Victory cheers at a SYRIZA kiosk at Klathmonos Square in central Athens

 

Leftists across Europe are hoping that the SYRIZA victory is a harbinger of things to come elsewhere in Europe, including Italy and Spain.
Leftists across Europe are hoping that the SYRIZA victory is a harbinger of things to come elsewhere in Europe, including Italy and Spain.
A New Democracy rally in Athens
A New Democracy rally in Athens

 

Murals of Greek gods on a shop window
Murals of Greek gods on a shop window

 

In addition to SYRIZA, the big Greek communist party KKE also entered the parliament.
In addition to SYRIZA, the big Greek communist party KKE also entered the parliament.

 

The huge election night rallies were a boon for street vendors in Athens who were doling out kebabs to the excited fans.
The huge election night rallies were a boon for street vendors in Athens who were doling out kebabs to the excited fans.
Victory rally at Athens University
Victory rally at Athens University

 

At a voting station at a school in central Athens
At a voting station at a school in central Athens
The Communist rally in Athens was broadcast.
The Communist rally in Athens was broadcast.