On the morning of President Sadat's assassination in Egypt on Tuesday (6 October), an opposition left-wing group held a news conference in Athens to accuse him of 'terrorism'.
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SPEECH (TRANSCRIPT) TAHA: (SEQ 3): "We were holding today in Athens a meeting to review what is happening to affect the Middle East, the eastern Mediterranean. And to brief everybody for the campaign which has been conducted in Egypt by Sadat's regime against all political forces. And the progress of this campaign which is against all political forces, from all shades; professors, journalists, lawyers, trade unionists, religious people. It is greater proof that the policy of Sadat is not accepted by the Egyptian people. This is a fact which should be acknowledged by all political forces around the world. We are indeed of peace, but just peace. We are indeed for a Middle East which free from all military buildup, we are indeed for a realisation of the Palestinian movement and people's rights. That is what we are in aid of, and that is why this campaign has been conducted."
Background: ATHENS, GREECE
On the morning of President Sadat's assassination in Egypt on Tuesday (6 October), an opposition left-wing group held a news conference in Athens to accuse him of 'terrorism'. Members of the Egyptians Patriotic Front, supported by the Libyan Jamahiriyah, said President Sadat ran a terrorist state, and vowed that they would fight for the freedom of Egypt.
SYNOPSIS: PLO leader Yasser Arafat symbolised the allegiance of the anti-Sadat forces at the news conference, which was addressed by Libyan Omar al-Handi.
The news conference was organised by the International Secretariat for the Solidarity of Arab People, and attended by all Arab ambassadors in Athens -- with the exception of the Egyptian ambassador.
Omar al-Handi gave details of President Sadat's alleged crimes, and named intellectuals and politicians who had been detained in jail in Egypt.
He was followed by a spokesman for the Egyptian Patriotic Front, Mustafa Taha, who spoke to reporters about the aims of his organisation.
Source: REUTERS - TRANSEAST ATHENS