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    The response of the Greek people to the end of military rule has been muted.?

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    The response of the Greek people to the end of military rule has been muted. The traditional marking of moments of joy by breaking plates on the floors of small tavernas has not happened. Apart from an occasional teenager shouting "Democrac" or a small crowd applauding Prime Minister Karamanlis, Athans is still.

    Observers say the Greeks feel they themselves did not win democracy back. It had fallen into their laps when the Colonels decided they could no longer cope.

    The mood of more conservative Greeks has been dampened by a feeling of guilt that Greece did not go to the immediate help of the Greek Cypriots when the Turks invaded.

    At least there appears to be greater Press freedom. A pro-communist United Democratic Left newspaper, Avghi, is reappearing and journalists suspended from the Athens Union of Journalists for campaigning against the military regime are to be readmitted.

    The Greek press greeted the new civilian Government with banner headlines. Even the Eleftheros Kosmos, which for seven years strongly supported the Army backed regime, carried an editorial under the headline:
    "Karamanlis: The Only Solution."
    There are reports that newspapers are able to say very much what they like again after months of particularly strong restraint.

    SYNOPSIS: The Greeks have taken their first week of civilian rule for seven years quietly. Few police are on duty and demonstrations are not expected.

    There has been none of the traditional breaking of plates in tavernas, honking of horns or greeting of strangers. Observers say spirits are dampened because many Greeks though they should have gone to the aid of Greek Cypriots. Others feel they did nothing to win back democracy - it fell into their laps.

    But at least there appears to be greater press freedom after a period of strict control.

    Banned papers have been reappearing and journalists suspended from their union for opposition to the military regime, have been reinstated. The Athens News has been printing what it wants to. A Greek daily which supported the military regime, has said Karamanlis is the only solution.

    On Sunday Paul Davis asked an Athens News editorial executive about freedom of the press in the new Greece.

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