50 Years Ago Today

NIKOLAOS PLASTIRAS: The Prime Minister, General Plastiras, made the following statement yesterday evening on Athens radio: (…) I appeal to the entire Greek nation to be vigilant in the pursuit of peace, work and joy. Hate and violence have not affected only a sector of the people. The entire nation has suffered.(…). POST-CIVIL WAR: Five villagers near Megalopolis beat to death an outlaw who had been released as part of a move to relieve congestion in prisons, as they held him responsible for press-ganging them and forcing them to join the outlaw movement. (…). MAKRONISOS: The Public Order Minister Mr. Garoufalias has announced that a joint committee that returned recently from Makronisos has proposed the release of 200 men and women exiled on the island. The committee is expected to complete its review of all cases within the next two months. Most of those still on the island are unrepentant communists, judged by the security authorities as being a danger to public order. RADIO: Stratis Myrivilis’s program on the Armed Forces Radio consisted of a light variety show with Ziska, Mary Lo, Kika Koli, Magia Melagia, Yakovlev, Costas Prendas, Kardamis, Moutsios and the bands of Stavros Rouhotas and Giorgos Mouzakis. A few years ago, scenarios concerning a strong US interest in the region led many countries to believe that the cross-Atlantic alliance was the right answer to European indifference. Today, however, about a year after the warnings of Bush’s aides over the future pullout of American troops from the Balkans, it remains to be seen when and how the withdrawal will be implemented…

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