The leader of the Greek Communist grouping, the United Left Coalition, Mr. Elias Eliou, addressed?
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Background: The leader of the Greek Communist grouping, the United Left Coalition, Mr. Elias Eliou, addressed the party's final rally in Constitution Square, Athens, on Wednesday (13 November), before the country's elections the following Sunday. Among the supporting speakers was the famous composer, Mikis Theodorakis -- a Coalition candidate at the elections.
Mr. Eliou told thousands of cheering supporters that the party would demand the "severe punishment" of all those responsible for the 1967 military coup, and the seven years of tyranny. The party would also demand that all officers and men who were involved in the torture of prisoners during the Junta's rule, should also be punished.
Mr. Eliou said there should be a purge of all pro-fascist or pro-Junta elements from the Army and the public services. He said the United Left Coalition, stood for a parliamentary democratic system and would not support any proposal to re-introduce the Monarchy in Greece.
The Communist leader also attacked the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) for what he described as its "treacherous policy" during the Cyprus crisis. His party wanted to see a free and independent Cyprus under the leadership of Archbishop Makarios.
For the first time since the civil wars, the communists will be legal contenders in a general election. The civilian government of Prime Minister, Constantine Karamanlis, made them legal in September. The party had been outlawed in 1947 after attempting to seize power by force of arms.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of Greek communist supporters gathered in Constitution Square in the heart of Athens on Wednesday. It was the last rally of the communist-led United Left Coalition party before the general elections the following Sunday. Speakers at the rally -- including communist leader Florakis who was released only recently from prison -- lashed out at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for its alleged support of the military junta and its policies towards Cyprus. Each speaker received a noisy reception.
For the first time since the civil wars, the Communists will be legal contenders in a Greek general election. The civilian government of Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis made them legal in September.
Among the main speakers was composer and communist party leader Mikis Theodorakis, who is a candidate in the elections. Theodorakis returned to Greece a few weeks after the fall of the military junta.
The communist party had been outlawed in 1947 after atte???ting to seize power by force. Its leaders were hounded by the military regime which seized power twenty years later.
The main speaker at Wednesday's rally was the United Left Coalition leader, Mr. Elias Eliou. He told the cheering crowd that his party would demand severed punishment of all those responsible for the 1967 military coup and the seven years of military coup and the seven years of military rule. Mr. Eliou said there should be a purge of all pro-junta elements from the armed forces and the public services. He said the United Left Coalition stood for the parliamentary democratic system, and would not support any proposals to re-introduce a monarchy in Greece.