JANUARY 4-8, 1952

LOCAL WAR: Lamia, 3 – A violent battle over property 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. The entire gendarmerie force was (…) unable to separate the two sides. (…) DRAPETSONA: The municipal council of Drapetsona, near Piraeus, commented on press reports characterizing the council as communist. It emphasizes that at no meeting of the council have any views been expressed that are contrary to the interests of the nation or the municipality. THE IDEA MOVEMENT: Military court rapporteur Mr Zozounakis, who is investigating the events of May 31, 1951, has questioned several senior officers over the past few days. The testimony of these officers was considered vital since they were in Athens on May 31 and were the first to become aware of the displeasure of the officers who took part in the mutiny following the resignation of Field Marshal Alexandros Papagos from his post as commander in chief. «We believe the state system functioned, and, to a very large extent, it functioned satisfactorily,» he said, adding that Greeks should be more self-sufficient. «We can, and must, have an even more efficient system… Greek society must also realize its abilities and responsibilities. We must not expect everything from other people.»

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