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    In Athens on Sunday night (8 December), about 100,000 Greeks celebrated the result of the Referendum, which finally deposed King Constanting.

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    GV Greeks chanting anti-monarchy slogan and car horn sounding (4 shots)

    SV INT Press centre with people on machines and telephones (4 shots)

    SV Papandreou arriving at press centre

    SV Papandreou surrounded by journalists

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    Background: In Athens on Sunday night (8 December), about 100,000 Greeks celebrated the result of the Referendum, which finally deposed King Constanting.

    Greeks carrying anti-monarchy placards and changing "the German is dead" -- a reference to the King's German-born mother, Queen Frederika -- marched through the main streets in the capital.

    Celebrations began as soon as the first results of the Referendum were known. Seventy per cent of the estimated six million voters chose to turn their country into a presidential republic.

    Among the keen followers of the results was one of the Opposition Leaders, Mr. Andreas Papandreou, who called at the press centre. Mr. Panandreou, leader of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement, told reporters that the monarchy issue was now ended definitely and irrevocably.

    Security police took special measures to prevent clashes between the rival sides during the mass celebration.

    SYNOPSIS: About one hundred thousand Greeks took to the streets on Sunday night to celebrate the results of the Referendum which finally deposed King Constantine. Huge crowds marched along the main streets to Constitutional Square soon after the first results were known. They were carrying anti-monarchy placards and chanting similar slogans.

    An estimated six million voted on Sunday to decide on the future of their monarchy. About seventy per cent of the voters wanted Greece to be a presidential republic, while thee remaining thirty per cent wanted the return of the King. King Constantine fled the country seven years ago and has since been living in Italy and England. Among those anxious to know the outcome of the Referendum was the leader of the Pan Hellenic Socialist Party, Mr. Andreas Papandrou.

    Mr. Papandreou visited the press centre, while votes were being counted. He said the results showed that the monarchy issue had now ended definitely and irrevocably. He said the Greek people had won the most crucial political battle of the present time. This ended a series of referenda on the future of Greek Kings. The first was held in 1920.

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