• Short Summary

    THE GREEK ACTRESS, MELINA MERCOURI, LED A PROTEST MARCH ON SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH THE STREETS OF NEW YORK TO THE UNITED NATIONS.

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    THE GREEK ACTRESS, MELINA MERCOURI, LED A PROTEST MARCH ON SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH THE STREETS OF NEW YORK TO THE UNITED NATIONS. ABOUT 1,000 PEOPLE, MOST OF THEM CARRYING CANDLES, JOINED THE MARCH, TO PROTEST AT WHAT THEY SAID IS A LACK OF FREEDOM IN GREECE SINCE THE PRESENT MILITARY JUNTA SEIZED POWER.

    THERE WERE NO INCIDENTS DURING THE PARADE, WHICH BEGAN AT THE BUSY INTERSECTION OF 5TH AVENUE AND 42ND STREET, JUST AFTER DARK.

    DURING THE MARCH, MISS MERCOURI TOLD REPORTERS THAT GREEKS OF ALL AGES AND ALL PARTIES WERE RESISTING THE MILITARY JUNTA AND PREDICTED THAT EVENTUALLY "THEY WILL WIN".

    THE PARADE WAS SPONSORED BY THE AMERICAN COMMITTEE FOR DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM IN GREECE AND WAS TIMED TO COINCIDE WITH HUMAN RIGHTS DAY.

    THE PARADE ENDED IN DAG HAMMERSKJOLD PLAZA, ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE UNITED NATIONS BUILDING. MISS MERCOURI TOLD THE CROWD: "TODAY, WE ARE MARKING THE DEATH OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN GREECE." SHE DENOUNCED THE MILITARY GOVERNMENT AS AN "EVIL JUNTA". THE CROWD, MANY HOLDING PLACARDS DEMANDING THE RELEASE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS AND FREE ELECTIONS, SHOUTED "DEMOCRATIA".

    MISS MERCOURI HAS BEEN OUTSPOKEN IN HER CRITICISM OF THE JUNTA WHICH TOOK OVER THE GOVERNMENT DURING THE SUMMER. RECENTLY, HER GREEK CITIZENSHIP WAS REVOKED. TO END THE PARADE, MISS MERCOURI SANG SONGS FROM HER CURRENT SHOW: "ILLYA DARLING".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA98SH8OIAP87HIP4RN0VRA9X46
    Media URN:
    VLVA98SH8OIAP87HIP4RN0VRA9X46
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/12/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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