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    Leading Greek opposition politicians attended the opening of the trial in Athens on Thursday (November, 8) of 17 demonstrators arrested last Sunday (November 4) after a memorial service for former Premier George Papandreou.

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    Leading Greek opposition politicians attended the opening of the trial in Athens on Thursday (November, 8) of 17 demonstrators arrested last Sunday (November 4) after a memorial service for former Premier George Papandreou.

    The trouble broke out when police tried to stop about 1,000 demonstrators from marching towards the city's Constitution Square after the service.

    The 17 were charged with causing serious bodily harm, resisting arrest, insulting police, obstructing traffic and damaging property.

    A police officer told the court during the prosecution case that one of his colleagues fired three warning shots in the air to disperse the demonstrators who, he said, stoned the police trying to block their path.

    Mr. George Mavros, Leader of the Centre Union Party, founded by Mr. Papandreou, said after Sunday's incidents that the violence used by the police to disperse the crowd gave a clear picture of the kind of democracy being prepared by Premier Spyros Markezinis.

    Mr. Panayotis Kanellopoulos, Leader of the National Radical Union Party, who attended the trial to give evidence for the defence, said the incidents and the arrests marked the beginning of a new period of persecution of the Greek people.

    Before the trial began on Thursday, scuffles broke out when about 500 students shouting anti-Government slogans tried to reach the courthouse. Five students are among the 17 accused. There are also two women.

    The case is expected to last for several days.

    SYNOPSIS: In Athens on Thursday, George Mavros, leader of the opposition Centre Union Party, arrives to attend the trial of seventeen demonstrators, arrested after clashes with police last Sunday.

    Also there, former Greek Premier Panayotis Kanellopoulos, who said Sunday's arrests marked the beginning of a new period of persecution of the Greek people. Mr. Kanellopoulos, an opposition party leader, came to testify for the defence.

    Security outside the courthouse was strict. Earlier scuffles had broken out when five hundred students tried to march on the courthouse. Sunday's incidents came after a memorial service to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of Prime Minister George Papandreou.

    There were clashes when police tried to stop about one thousand demonstrators from marching to the city's Constitution Square.

    The accused, including two women and five students, are charged with causing serious bodily harm, resisting arrest and insulting police. A prosecution witness told the Court a policeman fired three warning shots in the air to disperse the demonstrators. The trial is expected to last several days.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3S5OJ3I73I75925X2FW47HEDJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA3S5OJ3I73I75925X2FW47HEDJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/11/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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