OPINION

July 22, 1953

OVERSHADOWED BY THE ARMY: Thessaloniki, 20 – This afternoon’s events in Grevena, northern Greece, came as a surprise, at least in the annals of the past 20 years. The defense minister made a speech at a rally, in the presence of a large number of troops massed in Bishop Emilianos Square. The minister, Mr Panayiotis Kanellopoulos, addressing himself first to the army and then to the people, launched an attack against all those in favor of a relaxation of the defense effort. He said that those who claimed a reduction in expenditure on defense served the country were actually serving the interests of the enemies of Greece with their naivete. WELCOME FIT FOR A PREMIER: On Sunday at 7.15 p.m. Minister for Coordination Mr Spyros Markezinis returned by air from London, accompanied by his wife and the ministry’s director general, Mr Yiangos Pesmazoglou. (…) Mr Markezinis was welcomed at the airport by most of the members of the Cabinet, the diplomatic corps, senior state officials and representatives of professional and workers’ unions of Athens and Piraeus. SCULPTURE PRIZES: According to an announcement by the director of the School of Fine Arts, Mr Michalis Tobros, prizes have been awarded for the best works of art by students of sculpture for the academic year 1952-53. First prize (one gold sovereign) went to Dimitris Kalamaras.