September 18, 1954

EDA ON FLORAKIS’S ARREST: The administrative committee of the United Democratic Left (EDA) has issued a lengthy resolution condemning the Papagos government’s squandering of the national income, the enslavement of the country’s economy, the according of privileges to foreigners, the imposition of a state of wretchedness upon the Greek people by abolishing the acquisitions of the working class, and the latest issue of the arrests of communist spies. (…) The EDA calls for administrative and constitutional guarantees that political adversaries will not be persecuted, that innocent people will not be convicted, and that those arrested will be tried by civil and not military courts, which have shown themselves to be «unsuitable for meting out justice» and to give the accused every opportunity to prove their innocence. It also claims that everything that was made known to the public contained no evidence of espionage or attempts to overthrow the government, but was simply a violation of Law 509 which declared the Communist Party illegal.

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