GREEK PRIME MINISTER GEORGE PAPANDREOU ARRIVED IN ATHENS LAST NIGHT (WEDNESDAY) BY AIR FROM PARIS WHERE HE HAD TALKS WITH PRESIDENT DE GAULLE ON THE CYPRUS ISSUE.
Premier Papandreou coming down the plane's gangway welcomed by his granddaughter.
Crowds of Ministers, Deputies, High dignitaries, friends and others pushing to shake hands with Papandreou. A big confusio...
Police trying to keep order (in vain) and crowds pushing and creating a difficult situation.
Papandreou reviewing a Guard of Honor, while Athens Archbishop, 85-year old Chryssostomos, precedes the party.
Papandreou speaks to the Nation through Athens Radio; he is seen before the microphone. CU.
Papandreou gets in his car and drives away...&
... while the crowds of enthusiastic Athenians, Athens/Cyprus students holding plakats, rush on the car; the car moves with difficulty while the crowds shout.
Applauses, cheers and various of (CUs and SGV) of the wildly cheering crowds and the plakats reading:"Welcome to Papandreou, hero of Cyprus political resistance", "Welcome to Papandreou who restored Greek pride", "Self-Determination to Cyprus", "Well-done Papandreou", etc.
Various shots of the crowds, some CUs, plakats, fights, etc.
PS.: We lost this morning's (dawn plane) flight because our employee has had a car accident.
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Background: GREEK PRIME MINISTER GEORGE PAPANDREOU ARRIVED IN ATHENS LAST NIGHT (WEDNESDAY) BY AIR FROM PARIS WHERE HE HAD TALKS WITH PRESIDENT DE GAULLE ON THE CYPRUS ISSUE.
MR. PAPANDREOU-WARMLY WELCOMED AT THE AIRPORT - SAID HE WAS SATISFIED THAT HE HAD SUCCEEDED IN HIS "MISSION OF ENLIGHTENMENT BOTH IN THE UNITED STATES AND FRANCE". HE ADDED THAT HE WOULD REPORT ON HIS MISSION TO KING CONSTANTINE TODAY AND TO A CABINET MEETING ON FRIDAY.
AND AFTER THE ENTHUSIASTIC WELCOME FOR THE GREEK PREMIER - A PROTEST AGAINST GOVERNMENT POLICY. TODAY SOME 45,000 GREEKS WHO HAVE BEEN DEPORTED OR REPATRIATED FROM EGYPT MARCHED THROUGH ATHENS DEMANDING MORE ASSISTANCE FROM THE ESTATE.
THE MARCHERS WERE OLD PEOPLE, POOR FAMILIES AND THE JOBLESS. THEY CARRIED BANNERS PLEADING "FOR MEDICAL AID FOR POOR PEOPLE AND BREAD FOR THE YOUNG ONES." CLASSIFIED BY THE GREEK GOVERNMENT AS "REPATRIATES", THEY WANT PARLIAMENT TO PASS A BILL CHANGING THEIR STATUS TO "REFUGEES".