200 YEARS GREEKS AND INNOVATION
1896

Marinos Antypas fights in the Cretan Revolution

MarinosAntypas participates at the Cretan struggle for independence. He takes a leave from his studies at the Law School of Athens and joins the Cretan Revolution of 1896 with several of his fellow students. He returns to the capital with a chest wound. He participates in rallies and demonstrations against the king and his family, blaming them for the defeat at the Greek-Turkish war of 1897 and gets himself arrested.

For a brief time, he becomes active in politics and publishing in Kefalonia, and then he goes to Thessaly to supervise his uncle’s estates. During that time, he canceled the debts of serfs, raised their wages to 75% instead of 25% of the crop production, and instigated Sunday as a day off work. Furthermore, he initiated rallies where he informed poor peasants of their rights and urged them to claim them.

In 1907 he was murdered by command of the estate owners of the area. Allegedly, his last words were: “equality, fraternity, liberty.”