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    TWO STORIES FROM GREECE: KING CONSTANTINE TOURING BORDER TOWNS, AND UNLICENSED TAXI-DRIVERS DEMONSTRATING IN ATHENS FOR MORE PAY.

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    KING TOURING BORDER VILLAGES AND BEING GREETED BY CHEERING CROWDS, AND THE TAXI DEMONSTRATION.




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    Background: TWO STORIES FROM GREECE: KING CONSTANTINE TOURING BORDER TOWNS, AND UNLICENSED TAXI-DRIVERS DEMONSTRATING IN ATHENS FOR MORE PAY.

    FIRST, THE YOUNG GREEK KING'S TOUR. HE SPENT FRIDAY AND YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) TOURING TOWNS AND VILLAGES IN NORTH-EASTERN GREECE, NEAR THE FRONTIERS WITH TURKEY AND BULGARIA.

    ENTHUSIASTIC CROWDS GREETED HIM THROUGHOUT HIS TOUR HERE IN THE MACEDONIA AND THRACE (OR THRAKI) REGIONS. HE PAID SPECIAL ATTENTION TO VILLAGERS LIVING NEAR THE TURKISH BORDER, WHERE EXTRA MILITARY PRECAUTIONS HAVE BEEN TAKEN BECAUSE OF THE TENSION, OVER CYPRUS, BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES.

    EARLIER IN THE WEEK, HE INSPECTED MILITARY ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE REGION. HE PROMISED LOCAL LEADERS THAT, AFTER HIS WEDDING LATER THIS YEAR TO DENMARK'S PRINCESS ANNE-MARIE, HE, WITH HIS BRIDE, WOULD RETURN FOR ANOTHER GOODWILL TOUR.

    BACK IN ATHENS, THERE WAS UNREST. MORE THAN 1,000 DRIVERS OF UNLICENSED OR "PIRATE" TAXIS DEMONSTRATED FOR THEIR HIRE RATES TO BE BROUGHT INTO LINE WITH THOSE CHARGED BY THE 3,000 REGISTERED OPERATORS.

    THEY PACKED THEIR CABS IN A STREET LEADING TO THE RESIDENCE OF PRIME MINISTER PAPANDREOU. THE DRIVERS AIM TO KEEP THIS BUSY STREET CHOKED UNTIL THE GOVERNMENT MEETS THEIR PAY DEMANDS.

    MANY HAVE COME PREPARED FOR A LONG WAIT, BRINGING WITH THEM TENTS, PORTABLE STOVES, STACKS OF FOOD AND TOILET ARTICLES. SO FAR, NO WORD FROM THE GOVERNMENT.

    (SOME OF THE DRIVERS COMPLAIN THAT THE POSITION IS SO BAD THEY INTEND MIGRATING TO "COUNTRIES WHERE WE CAN EARN OUR DAILY BREAD").

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7HHG4T8IOHXQO76O8OX6AQ8W
    Media URN:
    VLVA7HHG4T8IOHXQO76O8OX6AQ8W
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/05/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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