• Short Summary

    PARIS AIRPORT WAS THE SCENE OF AN EMOTIONAL RECEPTION TODAY (MONDAY, APRIL 13TH) FOR LEFT-WING GREEK COMPOSER MIKIS THEODORAKIS, ON HIS UNEXPECTED RETURN OF FREEDOM AFTER BEING HELD A POLITICAL PRISONER BY THE ATHENS GOVERNMENT.

  • Description

    PARIS AIRPORT WAS THE SCENE OF AN EMOTIONAL RECEPTION TODAY (MONDAY, APRIL 13TH) FOR LEFT-WING GREEK COMPOSER MIKIS THEODORAKIS, ON HIS UNEXPECTED RETURN OF FREEDOM AFTER BEING HELD A POLITICAL PRISONER BY THE ATHENS GOVERNMENT.

    THE 44-YEAR-OLD AUTHOR OF THE MUSIC FOR THE FILM "ZORBA THE GREEK" WAS GREETED BY A GROUP OF GREEK OPPOSITION FIGURES -- AMONG THEM ACTRESS MELINA MERCOURI, WHO HUGGED AND KISSED HIM ON THE WIND-SWEPT TARMAC OF LE BOURGET AIRPORT.

    HIS RELEASE WAS NEGOTIATED BY M. JEAN-JACQUES SERVAN-SCHREIBER, SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE FRENCH RADICAL SOCIALIST PARTY.

    M. SERVAN-SCHREIBER BROUGHT MR. THEODORAKIS TO PARIS HIMSELF IN A CHARTERED JET AFTER HE WAS RELEASED EARLIER TODAY FROM A PRISON HOSPITAL IN ATHENS, WHERE HE HAS BEING TREATED FOR TUBERCULOSIS.

    THEODORAKIS WAS ABLE ONLY TO ACKNOWLEDGE BRIEFLY HIS WELCOME BEFORE ENTERING A AMBULANCE TO BE DRIVEN DIRECT TO A PARIS CLINIC.

    HOWEVER, IN A PREPARED STATEMENT; M. SERVAN-SCHREIBER SPOKE ON BEHALF OF THE COMPOSER.

    "I DO NOT YET REALISE I AM FREE. ONLY A FEW HOURS AGO I WAS IN COMPLETE ISOLATION. AFTER THREE TRAGIC YEARS, HERE I AM, BREATHING FREE AIR. THIS TASTE OF FREEDOM IS STILL BITTER BECAUSE I HAVE LEFT IN ATHENS MY WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN AND SO MANY OF MY SUFFERING COMRADES.

    IF I AM HERE, IT IS THANKS TO INTERNATIONAL MORAL SOLIDARITY AND PARTICULARLY TO OUR EUROPEAN FRIENDS. IT IS ALSO THANKS TO MY ABDUCTOR AND POLITICAL FRIEND, J.J. SERVAN-SCHEIBER. MY THOUGHTS REMAINS WITH MY PEOPLE WHOSE FUTURE DEPENDS TO A LARGE EXTENT ON EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY".

    THE STATEMENT ADDED THAT "IT WAS 'ESSENTIAL THAT GREECE'S PROBLEM' SHOULD BE UNDERSTOOD AT THE ASSEMBLY OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE OPENING IN STRASBOURG LATER THIS WEEK."

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8366L4M69X8X62T8P4P7XPETB
    Media URN:
    VLVA8366L4M69X8X62T8P4P7XPETB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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