OPINION

May 9, 1953

ANTONIS KARKAYIANNIS: The trial of 34 students facing charges in connection with incidents on March 4 began at 11.30 p.m. yesterday. The students had broken through a police cordon at a student rally for the union of Cyprus with Greece and many threw rocks and used clubs to injure about 45 police officers, including the director of Athens general security, Mr Rakintzis, and the deputy police chief, Mr Politopoulos. The 34 accused are E. Haralambopoulos, G. Sotos, A. Karkayiannis (…). The court sentenced A. Pappas to one month’s imprisonment and G. Sotos and T. Katsamakis to 20 days each. ISLET NO. 3: A statement by the Bulgarians – claiming the reason they did not come to a meeting with the Greeks to settle the matter of Islet No. 3 on the Evros River border was due to their right to occupy the islet because it was Bulgarian territory – has been characterized by an official Greek source as despicable and unacceptable. The Greek government, having right on its side, will under no circumstance permit the settlement of Bulgarians on the islet which, according to existing treaties, belongs to Greece (…). The Third Army administration has given strict orders to Greek troops in the area to be on continual alert and to open fire using all weapons against any attempt by Bulgarians to cross onto the islet.