A video of a group of Greek snow and ice hockey aficionados went viral– More than 100,000 views in a few days since its posting to the popular Facebook page The Thing About Greece.
In the video, a group of friends climb high up to a mountain top in Epirus, in northern Greece, and play a game of ice hockey, while recounting the mythical tale of a Greek dragon.
The video carries a warning at the end about protecting Epirus from oil exploration, which according to local activists is being carried out in the mountains along the Greek-Albanian border.
Without warning to the owners of the Facebook page, the video was removed by Facebook.
According to a petition organized by a group of local activists, exploration work is under way to three companies that have been given rights to explore the region for oil and gas, including Repsol S.A., Energean Oil & Gas and Hellenic Petroleum companies.
Numerous Facebook groups and pages have reported various forms of online bullying, including ΟΧΙ ΣΤΗΝ ΕΞΟΡΥΞΗ, which reported the removal of thousands of members from its group.
When an administrator of the group The Thing About Greece sent a message to Facebook support requesting clarification about the removed video, he received a response that his page wasn’t authorized to post matters of “politics or matters of national importance.”
Message from Facebook to owners of the page that posted the video
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