A message to Turkey that Greece is a "strong deterrent force" was sent from Rethymno by the president of PASOK-KINAL, Nikos Androulakis, who attended the events for the feast of Saint Barbara, the patron saint of Rethymno.
Androulakis made well wishes to the men and women of Rethymnon, the personnel of the artillery and the entire armed forces of the country, who, as he said, "with their diligent daily effort, have made Greece a strong deterrent force, something particularly critical at this time when the Turkish political leadership, with its brazen statements, undermines stability, insults our sovereign rights and international law".
The celebration of the patron saint of Rethymno is being held with all solemnity, in the presence of the president of PASOK-KINAL, Nikos Androulakis, who visited Rethymno.
After the doxology, a litany of the icon and the holy relics of Agia Barbara followed through the main streets of the city, to the sounds of the philharmonic of the Municipality of Rethymno.
Both the mayor of Rethymno, Giorgos Marinakis, and the regional governor of Crete, Stavros Arnautakis, made well wishes, while ND MP Yiannis Kefalogiannis said that "in the difficult days that are ahead of us, may Saint Barbara give us strength, in order to cope to the difficulties and obstacles that are in front of us".