Greece’s post-war years were apparent by poverty, political agitation that led to the seven-year dictatorship, and the attempt of adolescent Greeks to chase the trends of European and American youths. At the aforementioned time, accurate laws did not acquiesce Greek youths to accept lifestyles of their western counterparts as presented in the movies or through bedrock and cycle songs.
The behavior, dress codes, and hairstyles of American or English teenagers as portrayed in movies were admired by abounding adolescent Greeks but derided by the bourgeois association of the time. Any blazon of behind behavior — or behavior that authorities could arbitrarily ascertain as behind — was unacceptable and punishable. Bedrock and cycle music was apparent as allurement by the Church and society.
At the end of the 1950s, some adolescent Greeks approved to imitate American and English teenagers by cutting dejected jeans with formed cuffs, abound continued beard and grease it back, or abrasion apparel like England’s Teddy Boys of the time.
Law authorities — in abridgement of some added acceptable appellation — labelled teenagers with best than boilerplate beard and apparel announcement annoying or abhorrent behavior as “Teddy Boys”. Judicial authorities — additionally in abridgement of a bigger appellation — anesthetized Legislative Decree 4000/1959, broadly accepted as Law 4000, or the Teddy Boy law.
The law was aboriginal alien by the Konstantinos Karamanlis government in 1958. Teddy Boys were advised alarming because of their behavior, which was characterized as annoying and abhorrent by the government of the time.
By law, those who committed blameworthy acts were punished. The badge could arrest youngsters for abhorrent acts and put them in jail. But worse, they baldheaded allotment of the active of the “offenders”, ripped the cuffs of their pants and again afraid a placard about their close and paraded them in the burghal centermost for the apple to badinage them. The placard usually said “I’m a Teddy Boy and I did… (name of offence)”.
At the time, the best accepted abhorrent act by Teddy Boys was to bandy yoghurt cups or bake-apple at bodies they disliked. However, in the backward 1950s and in the 1960s, a adolescent man dressed unconventionally or “hanging out” at a abode a policeman would account that the “offender” did not accord to, was acumen abundant for the Teddy Boy to be abject to the badge base for questioning.
The law additionally said that the parents of the adolescent delinquents could be arrested as well.
Yet, casting yoghurt at bodies you didn’t like became fashionable at the time and it was not alone Teddy Boys who did it. Yoghurt throwing alike became a bold played in adjacency streets or playgrounds. The phenomenon spread beyond Greece, abnormally in big cities, and it became accepted alike in academy grounds.
Deputy Interior Minister amenable for security, Evangelos Kalantzis, was the one who aboriginal implemented Law 4000, acclimation badge to alpha arresting Teddy Boys to accomplish an archetype for youths who ability anticipate of abnormality from Christian and ancestors values.