April 7, 1953

GREEK SHIPPING: The US State Department has officially announced its satisfaction with the fact that the Greek shipping industry has ceased all forms of communication with ports in communist countries following instructions from the government in Athens. For its part, the McCarthy Commission is continuing to make known its agreement with Greek shipowners on the same issue. Nevertheless, it appears that the current uproar does not have a great deal to do with the question under discussion. Interests other than those in Greece appear to be behind the statements trying to present Greek shipping as undisciplined and as not conforming with the relevant UN resolution. These interests are attacking our shipping industry which, as has been clearly shown, has more respect for international law than similar businesses in other states. EASTER MARKET: The market in products for the Easter celebration (April 5) was a major event (on Easter Saturday). From the early hours of the morning, thousands of shoppers crowded into the cenetral Athinas Street market to buy cheaper meat for their Easter feast. Baby lambs were being sold for low prices (28,000 drachmas per oka, i.e. 1.2 kilos). OLYMPIC STADIUM: (From a commentary in Kathimerini) «A decision has been made to build an Olympic Stadium on Kifissias Avenue, and all those who own land and buildings in the area are wondering whether the land is still theirs or whether it belongs to the State.»