• Short Summary

    Thirty-one officers and men of the Greek Naval destroyer "Velos", who mutinied against the Greek military government, have been granted political asylum by Italy.

  • Description

    Thirty-one officers and men of the Greek Naval destroyer "Velos", who mutinied against the Greek military government, have been granted political asylum by Italy.

    The officers landed at a small fishing port of Fiumicino, west of Roma, and were escorted to a police barracks near the harbour. From there they were driven to Rome to complete residence formalities at the central police station.

    The captain, Nicholas Pappas, said their decision to break away from a NATO naval exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean on Thursday (May 24) was to demonstrate to the free world "that the dictatorship established in Greece is not made by the armed forces", but by what he called some self-interested officers.

    He said the decision was taken after the Greek authorities announced they had crushed an attempted mutiny by two royalist retired Vice-Admirals.

    Some 270 men were reported to have been aboard the Velos, and although only a small number followed the Captain ashore, many of the crew are believed to have supported the mutiny.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAYMX2JZKQ98PO9QD4CPK9M72Y
    Media URN:
    VLVAYMX2JZKQ98PO9QD4CPK9M72Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/05/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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