Greek actress melina Mercouri returned home for twelve hours yesterday, after a self-imposed exile, to attend the funeral of her mother in Athens.
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Background: Greek actress melina Mercouri returned home for twelve hours yesterday, after a self-imposed exile, to attend the funeral of her mother in Athens. It was the first time Miss Mercouri had been home since the military coup in 1967. The actress, who become one of the strongest critics of the Greek regime, arrived in Athens from Paris after the Greek authorities promised her safe conduct for twelve hours. Miss mercouri, who has been deprived of her Greek citizenship for the anti-government activities abroad, was allowed to enter the country on Swiss documents. Although there were warrants for the arrest of Miss Mercouri and her husband and brother--who accompanied her--the Government waived them for the funeral.
SYNOPSIS: Melina Mercouri returned to Athens Wednesday for the funeral of her mother. The actress is a staunch opponent of the Greek regime and has lived in self-imposed exile since the military coup in nineteen-sixty-seven. She returned home for twelve hours.
Miss Mercouri's activities against the regime led to the loss of her Greek citizenship. There was also a warrant for her arrest but the government promised her safe conduct for twelve hours. The same applied to her husband, film producer, Jules Dassin, and her brother, spyros Mercouris.
Miss Mercouri had to promise not to make any statements, or to contact the press, while in Athens. Strict security precautions were in force at the airport when she arrived for the funeral.
Security policemen mingled with the mourners, who included a number of former politicians opposed to the present regime. Last April, Miss mercouri was reused entry to Greece to attend the funeral of her father, a political opponent of the regime.