• Short Summary

    TONY AMBATIELOS, THE FORMER GREEK SEAMEN'S LEADER, RELEASED FROM GAOL ON TUESDAY, (APRIL 28), HAS APPEALED FOR THE RELEASE OF ALL GREEK POLITICAL PRISONERS NOW IN GREEK PRISONS.

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    FILM SHOWS THE COUPLE BEING GREETED BY FRIENDS NEAR THEIR HOME IN PIRAEUS AND LATER MAKING, (SOF), THEIR STATEMENTS.



    TRANSCRIPT: MRS. AMBATIELOS: "I KNOW THAT THE BRITISH PEOPLE AND THE WORLD GENERALLY ARE REJOICING TODAY WITH US AT THE RELEASE OF SO MANY POLITICAL PRISONERS IN GREECE. THIS JOY IS MARRIED, HOWEVER, BY THE FACT THAT ABOUT ONE HUNDRED POLITICAL PRISONERS ARE TO REMAIN IN GAOL. WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY FOR GREECE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN... WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY FOR DEMOCRACY AND PEACE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN IF THESE STEPS TAKEN NOW HAD BEEN COMPLETED WITH THE RELEASE OF ALL THE POLITICAL PRISONERS. EVERY SINGLE POLITICAL PRISONER FREED AND A GENERAL AMNESTY GRANTED".



    MR. AMBATIELOS: "MY HAPPINESS TODAY IS MARRIED BY MY CONCERN FOR THOSE I HAVE LEFT IN GAOL AND HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASED. THESE PEOPLE WITH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO AMEND, AND BETTER, TO DRAFT LAW TO ENSURE THAT EVERYONE WITHOUT EXCEPTION IS FREED".




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    Background: TONY AMBATIELOS, THE FORMER GREEK SEAMEN'S LEADER, RELEASED FROM GAOL ON TUESDAY, (APRIL 28), HAS APPEALED FOR THE RELEASE OF ALL GREEK POLITICAL PRISONERS NOW IN GREEK PRISONS. THE PLEA CAME THE DAY AFTER MR. AMBATIELOS' RELEASE FROM THE ISLAND PRISON IN AEGHINA, WHERE HE HAD SPENT THE LAST 17 YEARS.

    HIS RELEASE WAS THE SUBJECT OF A LONG CAMPAIGN BY HIS WIFE AND HER SUPPORTERS AND IT CULMINATED IN THE AMNESTY FOR SOME 400 POLITICAL DETAINEES, WHO ARE BEING RELEASED FROM DETENTION DURING THIS WEEK.

    TONY AMBATIELOS WAS SENTENCED TO DEATH BY A MILITARY COURT IN 1947 FOR HAVING HELPED GREEK COMMUNIST GUERILLAS DURING THE GREEK CIVIL WAR WHICH FOLLOWED WORLD WAR TWO. THE SENTENCE WAS COMMUTED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT IN 1952.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA52BXSPOJFMKMX8O2AIO43ZDD8
    Media URN:
    VLVA52BXSPOJFMKMX8O2AIO43ZDD8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/04/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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