May 14, 1955

IN BELGIAN MINES: Charleroi, 16 – The first group of Greeks who are to work in the coal mines here have arrived. The group, which consists of 82 seamen and sponge divers, was welcomed by a number of Greek and Belgian celebrities. (…) After an offering of wine, the Greek workers set off for the mines. AMERICAN BASE: The founding of an American air force base on the island of Crete has been postponed, as it would have cost $50 million. However, a huge military transport hub is being set up at a cost of about $8 million. Yesterday the US assistant secretary of defense arrived in Athens. CULTURAL EVENTS: Last Sunday evening about 500 followers of the Archimandrite Augustinos Kantiotis burst into the studio of the artist K. Iliakis, where the Miss Star Hellas committee was meeting chaired by Athens Academy member and artist Mr Epameinondas Thomopoulos. The intruders broke clay molds, tore paintings, smashed prizes and besieged the committee members, who had locked themselves in another room. When police arrived they broke up the disturbance and arrested 15 of the intruders.

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