The Greek Regent, General George Zoetakis, took the salute at a military parade in Athens on Thursday (28 October) to mark the 31st anniversary of Ochi Day.
TV Arrival of General Zoetakis & greeted by Premier Papadopoulos and both enter cathedral
GV Parliament building
LV General Zoetakis and chiefs of staff down steps at Tomb of Unknown Warrior
LV General Zoetakis onto rostrum for march past
SV Chiefs of staff reviewing parade
SV Tanks drive past in parade & General Zoetakis takes salute (4 shots)
SV Hawk missiles in parade
LV Nike and Honest John missiles
CU General Zoetakis taking salute
GTV Military cadets in parade (3 shots)
SV Commandos march past followed by frogmen and alpine troops (3 shots)
GV Troops in parade
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Background: The Greek Regent, General George Zoetakis, took the salute at a military parade in Athens on Thursday (28 October) to mark the 31st anniversary of Ochi Day.
Ochi (the Greek work for "no") Day marks the Greeks' refusal to accept military occupation by the Italians during the Second World War. General Zoetakis, accompanied by Government officials and military Chiefs of Staff, took the salute from a dais near the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.
Tanks, missile carriers and various divisions of troops took part in the parade, which was held amid strict security precautions following recent anti-Government unrest in the country.
The parade followed the annual Te Deum at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Athens, which General Zoetakis attended with Greek Premier Papadopoulos.
SYNOPSIS: General Zoetakis, the Greek Regent, was met by Premier Papadopoulos on Thursday as he arrived at the Athens Cathedral to attend the annual Te Deum to mark the 31st anniversary of Ochi Day.
After the Te Deum, General Zoetakis and Premier Papadopoulos went to the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior to review the annual military parade. Ochi Day takes its name from the Greek word meaning "no" and commemorates the Greeks' refusal to accept military occupation from the Italians during the Second World War.
Divisions from the Greek Armed Forces took part in the parade, together with up-to-date armoured equipment.
Missiles were also included in this year's parade. American-built Hawk and Honest John weapons were featured for the crowds, and for the NATO officials watching from the salute area with General Zoetakis.
Cadet troops, soon to become officers in the Greek army, marched past the officials.
After them came the Greek commandos, frogmen and alpine troops. Strict security precautions were observed this year, following unrest over some Government policies.