• Short Summary

    In Greece, one May Day holiday was celebrated four days late this year -- on Thursday, the fourth.

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    In Greece, one May Day holiday was celebrated four days late this year -- on Thursday, the fourth. It was a rival march to the official celebration.

    SYNOPSIS: Several thousand trade unionists took to the streets for a rival May Day celebration. One had already been held on May day, the first of May, by the pro-government General Labour Confederation. But the official celebrations were small and considered a failure. The second march was bigger, and noisier; the marchers were intent on giving it the look, and sound, of something special.

    This march was solidly left-wing. Most of the hundreds of banners took a firm anti-government line, with special reference to a new anti-terrorism law recently passed by the Greek parliament. The law brought in the death penalty for acts of terrorism in which a person is killed, and imposed life-long jail terms for kidnappings and hijackings.

    At the square, they heard speeches condemning the government of Greece, and called for a 24-hour strike to protest against what they called the government's support of monopolies; against the strong anti-terrorist laws, and increasing unemployment. Speakers also called for United States forces to leave Greece, and for Greece to pull out of the NATO alliance.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAU353SB0SFSFISXGYF512UQ0B
    Media URN:
    VLVAU353SB0SFSFISXGYF512UQ0B
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/05/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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