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Doxato

Doxato
Δοξάτο
Doxato is located in Greece
Doxato
Coordinates:
Country Greece
Administrative region East Macedonia and Thrace
Regional unit Drama
Area
 • Municipality 244.1 km2 (94.2 sq mi)
Population (2001)[1]
 • Municipality 14,516
 • Municipality density 59/km2 (150/sq mi)
 • Municipal unit 8,943
Community
 • Population 2884
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Vehicle registration ΡΜ

Doxato (Greek: Δοξάτο, formerly Δοξάτον) is a town and municipality in the Drama regional unit, in East Macedonia and Thrace, Greece. The seat of the municipality is the town Kalampaki.[2]

Contents

  • Municipality 1
  • History (Doxato Massacres) 2
  • Distinctions 3
  • Sports 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Municipality

The municipality Doxato was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 2 former municipalities, that became municipal units:[2]

The former municipality of Doxato was founded as a result of law 2539/1997 ("Plan Kapodistria"), by merging the former municipalities of Doxato and Megalou Alexandrou, and the former communities of Agios Athanasios and Kefalarion. According to the 2001 census, the former municipality had a population of 11,000 and the town 3,739.[3]

History (Doxato Massacres)

The cultural center of Doxato.

Doxato was the scene of two major massacres in recent history.

The first massacre occurred during the

  • Doxato at GEOnet Names Server
  • Cassavetti, John, Hellas and the Balkan Wars, p.341-43, London: T. F. Unwin 

External links

  1. ^ De Facto Population of Greece Population and Housing Census of March 18th, 2001 (PDF 39 MB). National Statistical Service of Greece. 2003. 
  2. ^ a b Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  3. ^ [2].(Greek) Data from the 2001 census, at the National Statistical Service of Greece (ΕΣΥΕ), www.statistics.gr
  4. ^ Cassavetti, John, Hellas and the Balkan Wars, p.341-43,
  5. ^ Report of the International Commission to Inquire into the Causes and Conduct of the Balkan Wars, published by the Endowment Washington, D.C. 1914, p. 81-83
  6. ^ Mazower M., After the War was Over. Princeton University Press, 2000. p. 292. (GoogleBooks)
  7. ^ Δοξάτο Δράμας. Επίσημη Δημοτική Πύλη. - Δοξάτο

References

Doxato has two sports clubs, Flilippoi Doxatou, a football club, and AED (a basketball club).

Sports

The Greek government has awarded the town the title of Hero and Martyr City (Ηρωική και Μαρτυρική Πόλη)[7] in recognition for the massacres it has suffered.

Distinctions

The second massacre took place on 29 September 1941 during the Second World War, when Doxato was again (together with the Eastern Macedonia and Thrace) under Bulgarian occupation. During the night of 28–29 September 1941, an insurrection against the Bulgarian occupation troops broke out in nearby Drama by the Communist party of Greece (KKE) and spread to the surrounding country. The local police station in Doxato was attacked, leading to the death of 6-7 Bulgarian policemen. Although those who participated in the insurrection were killed or fled to the mountains, reprisals were harsh. The next day, Bulgarian forces rounded up all the men in town aged 14 and over, and after dividing them into groups of ten, executed them on the night of 29 September 1941. After the revolt, a period of state terror began, involving arrests, house searches and physical violence against citizens.[6]

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