• Short Summary

    The Greek Government on Wednesday (December 23) released 102 political prisoners who had been detained as dangerous to public security since the Government came to power in a military coup in April, 1967.

  • Description

    The Greek Government on Wednesday (December 23) released 102 political prisoners who had been detained as dangerous to public security since the Government came to power in a military coup in April, 1967.

    The released prisoners arrived at Piraeus harbour from the island of Leros, where they had been held in camps. They were met by waiting relatives and friends, many waving red carnations. Some of the reunions were tearful.

    The release follow an announcement by Prime Minister George Papadopoulos last Saturday (December 19) who said the Government had decided to release 300 of 640 Communist political prisoners and 15 of 68 non-Communists, mainly former Royalist officers. If security conditions were favourable, he said, the releases would be completed within four months. Mr Papadopoulos also promised that a concentration camp for women would be shut down, and nine of the inmates set free. The remaining 11 would be banished to villages.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3PEP48AKSZOFMYBCE0YN62D06
    Media URN:
    VLVA3PEP48AKSZOFMYBCE0YN62D06
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/12/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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