In Greece, thousands of students and school children gathered in Athens over the weekend (17 - 18 November) to pay tribute to their fellows who died while fighting against the military junta in November, 1973.
In Greece, thousands of students and school children gathered in Athens over the weekend (17 - 18 November) to pay tribute to their fellows who died while fighting against the military junta in November, 1973. The students also accused the United States of being chiefly responsible for the military dictatorship which ruled Greece for seven years.
SYNOPSIS: Focal point of the massive demonstration -- on Saturday (17 November) -- was the Athens Polytechnic -- scene of the student uprising on November the seventeenth, 197???. The junta ordered its security forces to put down the revolt and tanks and heavy weaponry were sent to the area. Dozens of students were killed and thousands injured.
The November uprising followed an abortive naval mutiny -- said to have been supported by King Constantine, then in exile. Greece was declared a republic in June, 1973, and shortly afterwards George Papadopoulis was made president. Shortly after the revolt at the Athens Polytechnic, President Papadopoulis was overthrown in a military coup.
On Sunday (18 November), the students organised a march to protest against what they called support by the United States for the seven year dictatorship. Originally, the students had planned to march on the U.S. Embassy in Athens, but this idea ran into strong opposition from the Greek authorities.
The government said a march on the U.S. Embassy would constitute a hostile act on a friendly country. The students were, however, allowed to march part of the distance.