March 17, 1954

RESIGNATION OF P. TZANETAKIS: During yesterday’s session of Parliament, the deputy for the (ruling) Greek Rally party, Mr Petros Tzanetakis, in his speech on the electoral bill, said: «The bill shows that the Greek Rally is proceeding according to its plan to abolish the parliamentary system and the institution of democracy. The government has abused its power and all the most important legislative actions…» (Here there were shouts of protest from the ruling party.) Continuing, Mr Tzanetakis (…) attacked the electoral bill as a danger to the parliamentary system and to democracy. He said that elected community leaders were being replaced, the General Confederation of Greek Workers had been subjected to the party, that the pro-government press was being favored and the pro-opposition press being persecuted, abolishing freedom of the press. «As for myself,» he said, «I will follow my conscience.» AMERICAN AID: Washington, 18 (From our correspondent A.A. Antonakakis.) – The Greek defense minister, Mr Panayiotis Kanellopoulos, had a meeting today at the Pentagon on issues concerning the organization of Greece’s defense forces.

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