• Short Summary

    A GREEK PHILANTHROPIST, MR. ADAMINTIOS KARAMOURTZOUNIS, YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) LEAD A BAND OF HIS FOLLOWERS TO?

  • Description

    A GREEK PHILANTHROPIST, MR. ADAMINTIOS KARAMOURTZOUNIS, YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) LEAD A BAND OF HIS FOLLOWERS TO ESTABLISH SQUATTERS' RIGHTS ON A HILLSIDE HEAR ATHENS, AFTER THE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH HAD REFUSED TO SELL HIM THE LAND TO BUILD A HOSPITAL THERE FOR THE POOR. HE THREATENED TO BLOW HIMSELF UP IF THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT TAKE PROMPT ACTION TO BUILD HOSPITALS FOR THE POOR.

    MR. KARAMOURTZOUNIS, WHO IS 60, THREATENED TO STUFF HIS POCKETS WITH DYNAMITE AND BLOW UP INSIDE PARLIAMENT IF THE GREEK GOVERNMENT FAILED TO TAKE PROMPT ACTION TO BUILD HOSPITALS FOR THE POOR. HE GAVE WARNING AS FOUR BUS LOADS OF HIS FOLLOWERS ARRIVED AT THE HILLSIDE, NEAR ATHENS.

    HE SAID THAT HE HAD OFFERED TO PAY 100,000 DRACHMAS (ABOUT GBP1,200) FOR THE LAND IN A LETTER TO THE ARCHBISHOP OF ATHENS, BUT HIS LETTER WAS NOT ANSWERED. HE CARRIED A HEAVY WHITE MARBLE CROSS UP THE HILLSIDE, AND SET IT UP A NEAR A CHAPEL. HE SAID THERE WERE 15 VILLAGES IN THE AREA, WITHOUT A HOSPITAL.

    A PRIEST JOINED IN THE DEMONSTRATION, AND BLESSED THE CROSS. THE OWNER OF A BULLDOZER, WHICH ALREADY STARTED LEVELLING THE SITE, SAID HE WOULD WORK FOR THREE DAYS WITHOUT PAY, AND ANOTHER MAN IN THE CROWN OFFERED A CONCRETE MIXER. A VILLAGE ELDER PROMISED TO GET HIS PEOPLE TO GIVE VOLUNTARY WORK FOR THE HOSPITAL.

    MR. KARAMOURTZOUNIS HAS SPENT MUCH OF HIS PRIVATE FORTUNE HELPING THE POOR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2S7NO666X1GE8RH7SQJLHD3Q3
    Media URN:
    VLVA2S7NO666X1GE8RH7SQJLHD3Q3
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/02/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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