• Short Summary

    IN HIS FIRST APPEARANCE SINCE HIS RELEASE FROM A GREEK PRISON, COMPOSER MIKIS THEODORAKIS-WHO WROTE THE THEMES OF "ZORBA THE GREEK" AND OSCAR-WINNING "Z" - HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE IN PARIS YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) DURING WHICH HE ANNOUNCED THAT HE WOULD CONTINUE TO FIGHT AND CALLED FOR SUPPORT FROM GREEK RESISTANCE AND INTERNATIONAL FORCES TO HELP OVERTHROW THE MILITARY REGIME IN ATHENS.

  • Description

    IN HIS FIRST APPEARANCE SINCE HIS RELEASE FROM A GREEK PRISON, COMPOSER MIKIS THEODORAKIS-WHO WROTE THE THEMES OF "ZORBA THE GREEK" AND OSCAR-WINNING "Z" - HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE IN PARIS YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) DURING WHICH HE ANNOUNCED THAT HE WOULD CONTINUE TO FIGHT AND CALLED FOR SUPPORT FROM GREEK RESISTANCE AND INTERNATIONAL FORCES TO HELP OVERTHROW THE MILITARY REGIME IN ATHENS.

    THEODORAKIS, WHO WAS RELEASED FROM A GREEK PRISON ON APRIL 13TH AFTER SERVING 20 MONTHS OF DETENTION FOR BEING A RISK TO PUBLIC SECURITY, ARRIVED IN PARIS WITH M. JEAN-JACQUES SERVAN-SCHREIBER, SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE FRENCH RADICAL SOCIALIST PARTY, WHO HAD NEGOTIATED THE COMPOSER'S RELEASE WITH THE GREEK AUTHORITIES ON THE GROUND THAT THEODORAKIS WAS ILL WITH LUNG TUBERCULOSIS. ON THE DAY OF THEODORAKIS' DEPARTURE FROM GREECE BY CHARTERED AIRCRAFT, PRIME MINISTER GEORGE PAPADOPOULOUS' OFFICE ISSUED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT: "ALTHOUGH THE CONDITION OF THEODORAKIS' HEALTH DID NOT NECESSARILY CALL FOR SUCH A MOVE, THE PRIME MINISTER'S ASSENT WAS GRANTED ON HUMANITARIAN GROUNDS FOLLOWING A CATEGORICAL STATEMENT BY THE FRENCHMAN (M. SERVAN-SCHREIBER) THAT THERE WILL BE NO POLITICAL EXPLOITATION OF THEODORAKIS' RELEASE." ON ARRIVAL AT LE BOURGET AIRPORT M. SERVAN-SCHREIBER CONFIRMED TO THE PRESS THAT HE HAD IN FACT GIVEN THIS ASSURANCE TO THE GREEK AUTHORITIES.

    ACCOMPANIED BY ACTRESS MELINA MERCOURI-A LONGTIME FIGHTER FOR GREEK LEFT-WING CAUSES AND A PRIME MOVER IN THE MOVE TO FREE THEODORAKIS-THE COMPOSER ADDRESSED A PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE HOTEL DU PALAIS D'ORSAY:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3C51X8S8NW1ZUJVKHOP6ZLFE5
    Media URN:
    VLVA3C51X8S8NW1ZUJVKHOP6ZLFE5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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