February 21, 1954

ARRESTS: The Piraeus security police, after a surveillance operation lasting a month, has arrested the members of a new network of the illegal Communist Party of Greece which was printing proclamations of a conspiratory nature. Those arrested, longstanding and dangerous communists, are: Dimitris Loubaris, a 35-year-old carpenter, former resident of Draptesona and now of Athens; Vassilis Hytiroglou, a 32-year-old final-year law student, resident of Drapetsona; Kyriakos Grigoriadis, 60, a coffee merchant, resident of Piraeus; and Haralambos Poulatzas, 42, cobbler and former police officer and current head of the party department in charge of police officers dismissed for their political beliefs. It was in the latter’s home in Ilioupolis that the new printing press was discovered, with leaflets reading «Peace and General Amnesty,» «Out with the Americans,» «All in the Pan-democratic Front,» «No More in Korea» and others. The interior minister, Mr Pafsanias Lykourezos (…), expressed his satisfaction on the arrests to the director of the Piraeus security police.

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