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    Thousands of left-wing demonstrators tried to march on the United States Embassy in Athens on Wednesday (21 April) in a protest rally to mark the anniversary of the 1967 Greek military coup.

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    Thousands of left-wing demonstrators tried to march on the United States Embassy in Athens on Wednesday (21 April) in a protest rally to mark the anniversary of the 1967 Greek military coup.

    The protesters -- mostly students and members of youth groups -- called the rally outside the City University before marching towards the heavily-guarded U.S. Embassy. Fifty-two people, including six policemen, were injured in student-police clashes on the same day last year. But armed police, supported by armoured cars, cordoned off the embassy area in case the students defied a police ban to approach it.

    The Revolutionary Communist Movement of Greece organised the rally to commemorate the coup which resulted in seven years of military dictatorship. Police arrested 10 of the movement's members in various parts of Athens for using loudspeakers to urge people to join their rally.

    Brandishing red banners with slogans against the government the U.S. and the Soviet Union, the speakers accused the Americans of supporting the colonels who seized power in 1967. They also protested against the recent U.S.-Greek agreement for the operation of American bases in Greece in exchange for 700 million dollars (388 million sterling) military aid.

    People throughout Greece observed a two-minute silence as a tribute to the victims of the military junta. Former President George Papadopoulos, who as an artillery colonel masterminded the 1967 coup, his two deputies, Brigadier General Stylianon Pattakos and Colonel Nicholas Makarezos, and other leading members of the military junta are in prison for their part in the takeover.

    SYNOPSIS: In Athens armed police and armoured cars were out in force on Wednesday when thousands of demonstrators joined a rally to commemorate the 1967 army coup. The coup led to a military dictatorship in Greece for seven years. The protesters -- mostly students and members of youth groups -- rallied outside the City University before marching on the heavily-guarded United States Embassy. Ten members of the Revolutionary Communist Movement of Greece which organised the rally were arrested for urging Athenians to join the rally.

    But no clashes between police and demonstrators were reported. Last year 52 people were injured during a confrontation at the anniversary rally. The march had a strong anti-U.S. flavour. Speakers condemned the U.S. for allegedly supporting the colonels who engineered the coup. They also protested against the recent U.S.-Greek military agreement for the operation of military bases in Greece in exchange for 700 million dollars in military aid. Armed police, supported by armoured cars, cordoned off the U.S. embassy area in case students defied a police ban to approach it.

    Police also kept watch at the City University where the demonstrators gathered. People throughout Greece observed a two-minute silence on the same day to commemorate the victims of the military junta. Former President George Papadopoulos, who as an artillery colonel master-minded the coup, his two deputies and other leading members of the junta are now in prison.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8F1C5SY2N2T2F73541VRUH5H5
    Media URN:
    VLVA8F1C5SY2N2T2F73541VRUH5H5
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
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    N/A

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