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    Ancient democracy was born here some twenty five hundred years ago. And just this weekend?

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    Background: Ancient democracy was born here some twenty five hundred years ago. And just this weekend a modern democracy died here. The Greek military seized power in a swift well planned coup, suspended constitution liberties, installed a frontman civilian as premier and is now governing as a military dictatorship. At the risk of arrest and even his life, an American businessman made the only known film of the power grab. Severity characterized the coup both in these early hours and subsequently as the military sought to impress the public with its power and determination to crush any opposition. Apologists for the coup say that it may have fores??? civil war between ??? political faction and military. But there is no firm proof that these ??? had the advance concern of young King Constantine in whose behalf the power grab allegedly took place. Troops mounted a machine gun atop the Athens Hi???tor which served as a detention centers for time. Estimates of the number of civilians still under arrest ranges from three to eight thousand. Here our amateur cameraman was warned that if he didn't stop filming from a car, he 'D BE SHOT. Professional photographers have had cameras seized and broken, The military new holds this country in an iron grip. There's no telling how long it will relay. Right now I'm looking toward Athens Hill of the ???. It's ??? with trips ??? adn observation posts that we dont dare film. This has been Western Europes first real seizure of power since Francos is Spain. That was thirty years ago and is still in force. Tom Streithorat, NBC NEWS Athens.

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