50 Years Ago Today
PLOUMBIDIS: General Security said it had confirmed reports of a secret Communist Party cell in Athens consisting of Nikolaos Akritidis and Nikolaos Ploumbidis, one of the most dynamic members of the Communist Party despite suffering from tuberculosis for some years. The two are the heads of the espionage movement in Greece, while Nikolaos Beloyiannis, the lawyer Batsis, Argyriadis and Kaloumenos, are its leading members, as was the late Greek-Russian Vavoudis, who has committed suicide. KING CONCERNED: During the king’s stay in Thessaloniki, representatives of local labor organizations informed him of the serious concern on the part of the people of northern Greece because of the (Plastiras) government’s peace measures now under consideration, which, they believe, have encouraged the communists to the point where they are planning revenge on the law-abiding and peace-loving nationalist citizens. Immediately after his return to Athens, the king asked to be briefed on all the peace measures being considered. BEANS AND LENTILS: On November 26, the general distribution of 200 drams of beans per person will begin, for the residents of Athens, for the month of November, at 2,600 drachmas per ration.