The day after Greek Premier George Papadopoulos celebrated the seventh anniversary of the coup that brought him to power, there was a much older anniversary.
The day after Greek Premier George Papadopoulos celebrated the seventh anniversary of the coup that brought him to power, there was a much older anniversary. Accompanied by his two Deputy Premiers and most of the Cabinet, George Papadopoulos went to the Western Greek city of Missolonghi to commemorate the 147th anniversary of the Exodus of Missolonghi.
The event was an important one in the history of the War for Greek Independence against the Ottoman Empire.
Missolonghi was long besieged by the huge Ottoman Army of Ibrahim Pasha. In April 1826, the people of Missolonghi organised a bloody exodus from the city and inflicted severe casualties on the Turkish army -- but the people also suffered heavy losses.
So successful were the campaigns in Western Greece that year that the Greeks held out until the action of the British, French and Russian fleets in the bay of Navarino on October 20, 1827, changed the military position.
On Sunday (22 April) after the traditional Te Deum at Missolonghi Cathedral, the Holy Ikon of the Exodus was carried in procession to the Warrior's Tomb of the city. Premier Papadopoulos laid laurel wreaths at the tomb, and observed one minute silence.
SYNOPSIS: A Holy Ikon was carried through the streets of the Western Greek City of Missolonghi on Sunday.
In the procession was Greek Premier George Papadopoulos, his deputy Premiers and most of the Greek Cabinet. The previous day the Greek leader had celebrated the seventh anniversary of the coup which brought him to power. But this was an older anniversary - the Exodus of Missolonghi in 1826.
The exodus was a major event in the Greek war for freedom against the Ottoman Empire. The city had long been besieged by the huge Turkish army of Ibrahim Pasha.
On April twenty-second, 1826, the people of the city organised a bloody exodus which caused heavy losses to the Turks. But many of the people of the city died too. The campaign in Western Greece went so well that the Greek forces held out until the victory of the British, French and Russian fleets in Navarino Bay the following year.
George Papadopoulos laid a wreath of laurel on the Warrior's Tomb of the City. Earlier there had been a traditional Te Deum in Missolonghi Cathedral - and at the Tomb, a minute's silence in memory of the dead.