Greece, the birthplace of democracy, today (Friday June 1) came even more firmly under the control of its military governors.
Greece, the birthplace of democracy, today (Friday June 1) came even more firmly under the control of its military governors. Premier George Papadopoulos told the nation in a broadcast that the monarchy was abolished and that Greece was a Republic. The self-exiled King Constantine was accused of having plotted to overthrow the military rulers.
Though military forces had been placed in a state of alert, Athens was outwardly calm today. Newspapers had already suggested that the King was involved in the recent Greek Navy mutiny, and had hinted that the monarchy might be abolished.
SYNOPSIS: Though police and armed fores had been placed on alert, the capital was calm. The Greeks have, after all, been without a monarch for the past five years -- since King Constantine fled into exile after trying to stage a counter-coup against the military rulers. Newspapers have also hinted that the King was behind last week's abortive Greek naval mutiny. The military rulers say they are setting up a presidential republic -- and Premier George Papadopoulos has been appointed provisional President.