Exiled King Constantine broke a six-year silence in Rome on Saturday (June 2) to denounce his "illegal" deposition by the Greek military Government.
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"People of Greece, it is with deep emotion that I once more speak to you in this moment of trial, a hard trial for the Greek people and a still harder one for me to bear. In Athens at present there is an orchestrated campaign to suggest that the great problem that faces Greece is the nature of the regime I believe that this is a distortion of the truth. The real problem is not whether Greece should have a democracy with or without a King, but whether to have a democracy at all. The tragic events of the current year, the arrests, the imprisonments, the tortures, the revolt of the students and finally the decision of the officers of the Navy to make a move to abolish the tyranny, a proof that self-deception has ceased to exert a hold. Today I declare in the most categorical terms that I had absolutely no connection with the action by officers of the Navy. The action of our Navy is not only a matter that concerns our Navy, it is a matter of concern for the Greek people. It is a question of importance for all the armed fores of the country of which the Navy constitutes an inseparable part. My deep concern is that the armed forces of Greece remain fully capable of fulfilling their responsibilities of the Atlantic Alliance."
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Background: Exiled King Constantine broke a six-year silence in Rome on Saturday (June 2) to denounce his "illegal" deposition by the Greek military Government. It was the day of his 33rd birthday.
In a prepared statement read outside his luxury villa, the exiled King said he would accept the verdict of the Greek people in a referendum provided it was held freely under an impartial caretaker Government.
But if the plebiscite proved to be spurious: "I will fight with all my strength as a soldier, certain that I have at my side the people of Greece and the armed forces whose mission it is to protect us."
The King speaking with his Danish-born Queen Anne Marie at his side, said he had the unshakable conviction that he would return to Greece as the guarantor of the constitutional liberty of his people. The Greek Government has announced that it will hold a plebiscite to ratify the proclamation of a Republic.
It was King Constantine's first press conference in his six years o exile and the first comment on the announcement by the Greek Prime Minister George Papadopoulos abolishing the Greek monarchy and setting up a Republic. The King said: