NEWS

50 Years Ago Today

DIMITRIS BATSIS: It was announced yesterday that the lawyer Dimitris Batsis, allegedly missing since last Tuesday (October 23), has been arrested and is being held at Piraeus General Security headquarters on charges of spying for the communists. Rumors had spread concerning Batsis, editor and publisher of the magazine Antaios, that he had either been murdered or that he had escaped behind the Iron Curtain. (…) Batsis, who has published a work titled Heavy Industry in Greece, which Zachariadis approved as the most noteworthy book of the past decade, declares himself simply a leftist. The police, however, regard him as a crypto-communist. It is even said, without being officially confirmed, that after Nikos Beloyiannis he was the leading representative of the Communist Party of Greece. (…) BODY SEARCHES: Athens Police Chief D. Vranopoulos, commenting on reports that passengers of a bus on the Iera Odos yesterday morning were subjected to body searches and were asked to show their identity cards, said this was a routine spot check. FIGS INSTEAD OF COD: By a decision of the trade minister, approval has been given to Vlahoutsikos and Co. to export figs and raisins to Norway, valued at $250 million, in exchange for the import of 981 tons of cod and 3,000 crates of herring.