INTRODUCTION It's 10 years ago on Thursday (21 April) that the army seized power in Greece and formed a military-backed government that stayed in power for seven years.
CU: George Mavros speaking in Athens
GVs: (MONO) (Library footage) scenes showing tanks and troops in streets of athens after coup in 1967. (10 shots)
SV: Mavros speaking
TRANSCRIPT SEQ 1: MAVROS: "It is today the 10th anniversary since the military takeover of April 21st 1967. It is the third day. A small group of officers seized power through conspiracy using the weapons given to them for the protection of our national integrity, of our democratic institutions, the defence of our national honour and so on. What followed is very well known, both here in Greece and abroad. The aim of the Colonels was a real disaster. But the highest price was paid by cyprus. Cyprus lost its territorial integrity. After that sad day, the Greek people is determined to protect by all means their freedom and liberties. Nobody has the power to overthrow our democratic rule and institutions. Any attempt to that end will be confronted with the iron will of the Greek Democratic people and will be shot on the spot."
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Accusations that the post-junta rulers of Greece have been lenient in the treatment of junta torturers were contained in an Amnesty International report published in London last week. The Amnesty International report, Torture in Greece: The First Torturers' Trial 1975, comes shortly before the Greek Premier, Mr Karamanlis, embarks on a European tour to boost Greece's application to become the 10th member of the Economic European Community (EEC). It's also designed to show Europe that nearly three years after the collapse of the military dictatorship, Greece has successfully made the transition back to calm and democracy. The Greek Opposition has been continually criticising the government as being lenient with the junta supporters and the report is the first outside document to back this up.
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Background: INTRODUCTION It's 10 years ago on Thursday (21 April) that the army seized power in Greece and formed a military-backed government that stayed in power for seven years. The Greek people still have vivid memories of the stern regime of the Colonels. The President of the Union of Democratic Centre and a major parliamentary opposition leader, George Mavros, has come out strongly in support of retaining democracy. In an exclusive Visnews' interview to mark the anniversary Mr Mavros said anyone trying to disrupt democracy would not only face the iron will of the Greek people but also their bullets.