Exiled Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, still seriously ill with tuberculosis, left his sick bed in a Rome clinic last nigh (Wednesday, 27th May) to address five thousand youths in a communist anti-NATO rally.
GV Demonstrators assembled in St. John Lantern Square with anti-American placards (B/G music being played of Zorber the Greek)
SV Demonstrators assembled with placards (5 shots)
GV PAN Crowd in front of platform chant
SCU Theodorakis waves
GV PAN & CU Crowd listening to female speaker (2 shots)
SV ZOOM INTO CU Theodorakis speaks
SV Theodorakis waves to cheering crowd
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Background: Exiled Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, still seriously ill with tuberculosis, left his sick bed in a Rome clinic last nigh (Wednesday, 27th May) to address five thousand youths in a communist anti-NATO rally.
The rally was held in St. John Lateran Square to protest against the holding of the Nato Ministerial Council Meeting in Rome, and against Italy's membership of it. The assembly of flag-waving students and workers was timed to coincide with a session of the Ministerial Council, and with Italian election campaigning.
Elsewhere in the city a thousand young people were also holding protest demonstration against the Nato Council but most attention was focused in St. John Lateran Square. There was no repetition of rioting which, the previous night, had resulted in 24 policemen being injured and 96 demonstrators arrested.
Theodorakis told the rally that Nato planned the Greek army takeover and might do the same again in other Nato countries. Several hours after receiving a rousing hearing at the rally, Theodorakis underwent a successful emergency appendicitis operation.