• Short Summary

    IN LONDON, DEMONSTRATORS THIS EVENING (FRIDAY) MOUNTED AN ALL-NIGHT VIGIL OUTSIDE CLARIDGES HOTEL, WHERE QUEEN FREDERIKA, OF GREECE IS STAYING.

  • Description

    IN LONDON, DEMONSTRATORS THIS EVENING (FRIDAY) MOUNTED AN ALL-NIGHT VIGIL OUTSIDE CLARIDGES HOTEL, WHERE QUEEN FREDERIKA, OF GREECE IS STAYING. THEY'RE HEADED BY BETTY AMBATIELOS WHOSE HUSBAND AND COLLEAGUES ARE HELD IN GREEK PRISONS ON ALLEGED CRIMES OF ANTI-NATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

    YESTERDAY MRS. AMBATIELOS SENT A LETTER, THROUGH THE GREEK AMBASSADOR, TO QUEEN FREDERIKA, SAYING:
    "ON THE DAY OF YOUR ARRIVAL IN LONDON I ENDEAVOURED TO PRESENT A LETTER TO YOU SINCE I BELIEVE THAT IF YOU WERE ABLE PERSONALLY TO HEAR MY APPEAL YOU COULD NOT BUT BE MOVED.

    "I STILL HOPE EVEN NOW THAT YOU MAY DECIDE TO RECEIVE ME AND HEAR MY APPEAL FOR THE RELEASE OF MY HUSBAND AND HIS COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE BEEN HELD SO UNJUSTLY FOR SO MANY YEARS".

    EARLIER THIS WEEK THERE WERE UNCONFIRMED REPORTS THAT THE GREEK GOVERNMENT WOULD COMPLAIN TO BRITAIN ABOUT AN INCIDENT ON MONDAY, WHEN QUEEN FREDERIKA LEFT THE HOTEL BY A SIDE ENTRANCE TO AVOID A SIMILAR PROTEST. ON THIS OCCASION THERE WERE ABOUT A DOZEN DEMONSTRATORS. THE FOLLOWING DAY MRS. AMBATIELOS WENT TO WINDSOR CASTLE AND HANDED IN A LETTER TO QUEEN ELIZABETH. IT ASKED HER TO INTERCEDE WITH QUEEN FREDERIKA TO OBTAIN HER HUSBAND'S RELEASE.

    TONY AMBATIELOS WORKED AS A SEAMAN FROM THE AGE OF 15. HE CAME TO BRITAIN IN 1941. HE WAS SECRETARY OF THE GREEK SEAMEN'S UNION AND, OF HIS INITIATIVE THE FEDERATION OF GREEK MARITIME UNIONS WAS FOUNDED. THE F.G.M.U. WAS REGISTERED AS A BRITISH TRADE UNION AND HAD ITS HEADQUARTERS IN CARDIFF, WALES. AMBATIELOS AND HIS COLLEAGUES RETURNED TO GREECE EARLY IN 1945, AND LATER THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE F.G.M.U. WERE MOVED TO PIRAEUS. THEY WERE ARRESTED TWO YEARS LATER, AND TRIED IN OCTOBER 1948 ON CHARGES OF ANTI-NATIONAL ACTIVITY. AMBATIELOS AND NINE OTHERS WERE SENTENCED TO DEATH, BUT THE DEATH SENTENCES WERE LATER COMMUTED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT.

    AMBATIELOS IS NOW IN HIS 16TH YEAR OF IMPRISONMENT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACV97LNWDYYEOCLAHX9WXWAGXW
    Media URN:
    VLVACV97LNWDYYEOCLAHX9WXWAGXW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/04/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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