November 11, 1958

EDA ACCUSES: A delegation from the administrative committee of the United Democratic Left (EDA) visited the Supreme Court prosecutor today and presented him with a document referring to various excesses committed, as they claim, by state officials, against their supporters and which prevent their party from functioning smoothly. EDA also charged that during raids on the party’s offices in Peristeri, Tavros, Kallithea, Nea Smyrni, Dafni and Zografou, police arrested those present and ordered the offices closed after carrying out an illegal search, seizing documents and publications. They asked for the prosecutor’s ruling on the issue which they said «was contrary to fundamental democratic principles.» The document also referred to recently issued police orders which, in EDA’s view, would turn the entire country into a concentration camp. The prosecutor replied that in the aftermath of previous protests he had given instructions for proceedings against police officers to be expedited. «The actions of state officials that are contrary to the law and the Constitution are harmful to the democratic regime,» he said, while assuring the delegation he would re-examine the issue carefully.