JANUARY 4, 1952

RENA VLACHOPOULOU: The New Year’s Eve party at the Hotel Grande Bretagne was particularly jolly this year, particularly after the arrival of Miss Rena Vlachopoulou. The young Greek star, most elegant in a narrow gold dress and absolutely charming, began to sing in front of a merry crowd, raising their spirits to a pitch until 7 a.m. LOCAL WAR: Lamia, 3 – A violent battle that took place on New Year’s Day in the village of Agrilia resulting in the deaths of two people and the injury of another six (…) lasted for four and a half hours. Sixteen people took part in the fight, attacking each other for hours using hand grenades, revolvers, military and hunting rifles, pruning shears, hoes and axes. When their ammunition ran out, they began to fight savagely man to man. The entire gendarmerie force was (…) unable to separate the two sides. (…) This unprecedented violence was due to property differences. DRAPETSONA: The municipal council of Drapetsona, near Piraeus, has issued a statement regarding press reports characterizing the council as communist. The statement emphasizes that at no meeting of the council have any views been expressed that are of a partisan nature or which are contrary to the interests of the nation or the municipality. But the Greek government was also fazed by the publication yesterday by the Athens daily Ethnos of a Notice to Air Men (NOTAM) that Turkey’s civil aviation authorities issued on October 24. The note, the paper said, meant that Turkey wanted to control Greek flights to Rhodes and Cyprus. The NOTAM asks that flight plans be filed with the Turkish authorities for planes using the Greek air corridors G-18 and R-19. A small part of the first corridor enters the Istanbul FIR and the second touches on it a little.

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