November 12-13, 1952

PAPAGOS: A political rally that took place yesterday in Athens was unprecedented in the history of the city. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered to hear the leader of the Greek Rally party, Field Marshal Papagos, whose main campaign speech in Klafthmonos Park included the following statement, «Athenians, do not forget that you hold freedom, democracy and Greece in your hands.» Field Marshal Papagos also emphasized that the seven conditions of the national contract he committed himself to in Thessaloniki will be adhered to in full. «Greeks will see their homeland as an exemplary democratic state. On Sunday (November 16, 1952), voters should take care that nothing happens to Greece, nothing that cannot be corrected. If the others prevail (ie the centrists), the country’s course will be determined by the communists. The 30-year political exploitation of the refugee masses is over. The walls of Jericho have fallen. The unacceptable discrimination between refugees and original inhabitants will be done away with.» EDA’S PEOPLE AND GREEKS: From a report signed L.G.K. (Koromilas): «Slowly, silently and moodily came the people of the United Democratic Left (EDA), herded and directed from various districts of Piraeus to a rally that began and ended within 15 minutes, as everything had been organized and everyone was disciplined, an entirely different image from the rally of Greeks in Athens (…).

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