Election fever has ben running high in Greece as the race for Sunday's (17 November) elections draws to a close.
GV Crowds chanting
CU Portrait of Che Guevara ZOOM OUT rally as Mr. Antonios Abatielos speaks
CU Abatielos addresses rally
SV Demonstrators chanting
GV Mikis Theodorakis speaks as crowd chants (3 shots)
GTV INTERIOR Alexandros Panaghoulis speaks to newsmen
Panaghoulis -- now a candidate for the Centre Union-New Forces party -- said most soldiers at the prison tortured prisoners on orders from their superiors. he introduced two former prison guards -- one who helped him unsuccessfully to escape a year after he was imprisoned, and another who helped him smuggle messages out of the prison.
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Background: Election fever has ben running high in Greece as the race for Sunday's (17 November) elections draws to a close.
The celebrated Greek composer, Mikis Theodorakis, received riotous applause when has addressed supporters from the balcony of the Piraeus Municipal Theatre on Monday night (11 November).
Theodorakis returned to Greece in July and was soon after named co-leader of the E.A. (United Left) -- the grouping in which the Communists have joined to contest the elections.
He urged his followers to vote for the United Left to help restor true democracy in Greece. he said his party's programme would bring peace, prosperity and freedom to the country.
The following day, (Tuesday 12 November), Mr. Alexandros Panaghoulis told newsmen how his prison guards helped him survive during the sentence he was serving for attempting toe assassinate former President George Papadolpoulos.
Panaghoulis, a candidate for the Centre Union-New Forces party, said most soldiers at the military prison of Boyati, near Athens, tortured prisoners on orders from their superiors.
Panaghoulis -- convicted in 1968 -- introduced former Corporal George Morakis who helped him escape from prison in 1969 after his death sentence had been commuted to life imprisonment. Both were recaptured and Morakis received 17 years for this role in the escape.
Reserve Lieutenant-Captain Antonios Parikis, who helped Panaghoulis smuggle out messages from the prison, said the prison officers helped Panaghoulis because he had a strong personality and resisted torture.
Panaghoulis was pardoned in August last year in a general amnesty and emerged from prison a hero.
SYNOPSIS: A roaring crowd of supporters greeted leaders of the Greek United Left party at a rally for Sunday's elections on Monday night. Several thousand packed into the Piraeus Municipal Theatre square to hear speeches from the communist-socialist coalition leaders. Among the early speakers was Antonios Abatielos, a member of the communist party which joined the coalition to contest the elections.
Abatielos called for a return to true democracy an lashed out at NATO for supporting the Greek military regime.
But the crows was not entirely made up of communist supporters. Many had come to hear the celebrated Greek composer, Mikis Theodorakis, who is the co-leader of the United Left party.
Theodorakis returned to Greece in July a national hero. Soon after, he joined the United Party as a member of its executive committee. Before the 1967 military coup, he led the largest and most active youth movement in Greece -- the Lambrakidis with one Fundred and fifty thousand members. In Greece, he has smoothing of dual identity -- that of a popular communist.
Theodorakis said his party would restore true democracy to Greece and bring peace, prosperity and freedom.
Meanwhile, the following day, Mr. Alexandros Panaghoulis held a press conference in Athens to speak to newsmen about his time in a military prison. Mr. Panaghoulis was sentenced to death in 1968 for attempting to assassinate former President George Papadopoulos. He told the press conference how some of his prison guards had helped him survive at the Boyati military prison near Athens.