• Short Summary

    The centre of Athens was almost deserted on Sunday (August 19) as Greeks stayed home to watch their new President, George Papadopoulos announce a general amnesty for political prisoners, a restoration of civil liberties and the speeding up of procedures for Parliamentary elections to be held next year.

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    The centre of Athens was almost deserted on Sunday (August 19) as Greeks stayed home to watch their new President, George Papadopoulos announce a general amnesty for political prisoners, a restoration of civil liberties and the speeding up of procedures for Parliamentary elections to be held next year.

    President papadopoulos's televised speech to the Greek people came only a few hours after he had been sworn in as the first President of the new Greek Republic.

    The new President, who has ruled Greece as Prime Minister and Regent for six years, got massive support in the July 298 referendum which approved the setting up of a republic and sealed the abolition of the monarchy.

    On Monday (August 20) the Greek Cabinet met to approve the general amnesty for 300 political prisoners announced by President Papadopoulos.

    This amnesty includes a pardon for Alexandros Panagoulis convicted of trying to assassinate Mr. Papadopoulos in 1968.

    The 54 year old former artillery colonel who masterminded the Army coup in 1967, also announced the lifting of martial law from the Athens and Piraeus areas, where it has been in force since the coup.

    A few hours before the swearing in ceremony constitutional changes approved in the referendum were published, restoring civil liberties and human rights articles suspended for the six years of his rule.

    These articles also provide for freedom of expression and of the press.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3DTBVWF628WGM5Z4R7NUVY2SP
    Media URN:
    VLVA3DTBVWF628WGM5Z4R7NUVY2SP
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/08/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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