One of the first acts of the new government in Greece was to abolish the notorious prison camp on the barren Aegean island of Yaros.
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Background: One of the first acts of the new government in Greece was to abolish the notorious prison camp on the barren Aegean island of Yaros. Yesterday (August 1), newsmen were allowed to tour the island and see the conditions under which political prisoners were held by the former military regime.
The first political prisoners to be released by the new government last week had all be confined on Yaros Island. They spoke of having to endure raging thirst, and the buzzards of snakes, scorpions and rats the size of cats.
Many prisoners, though detained throughout the eight year military regime, had been sent to Yaros when the Generals took over power last November. Apart from the thirst, most prisoners have said they were not badly treated, were never tortured or forced to work. But the prison diet was described as dreadful -- comprising just rice, beans and bread.
Yaros has a long history of being used as a prison. Political dissidents were locked up there during the Roman and Byzantine Empires. In modern times, it was brought back into use between 1947-62, when Greek communists were deported there.