The biggest demonstration of power of the Greek Communists shown since the first days of liberation of the Country from the Nazis, was displayed last night during the huge pre-election meeting of E.
A banner bearing the words "No bases in Greece".
Loud-speakers can be seen everywhere, even one mile away from the Square.
Another banner: "We won't be the grave-diggers of Greece"
"EDA mean work".
"No bases of death".
Many a various general views of crowds and their banners.
Shots of views (closer) of the masses.
Girls holding white doves and flowers waving them towards the crowds and the Leaders of the Communist Party.
The first of the speakers, Stamatie Mercouria (with glasses) addresses to the crowds.
82-year-old Communist leader Ioannis Passalidis speaks to his party followers. He said: "We are not moved by motives of hate towards the United States and the Western World. We are moved by the passion for nation independence". He said also that EDA would not, for the time being, press that Greece should quit NATO: "national developments would dictate future policy", he said, Referring to Cyprus, Passalidis explained that "those who are interested in the life, and future of Greece and Cyprus, for their own and their children's future, do not want talks nor do they wish to hear about the installation of bases".
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Background: The biggest demonstration of power of the Greek Communists shown since the first days of liberation of the Country from the Nazis, was displayed last night during the huge pre-election meeting of E.D.A. (United Democratic Left - Communist Party). Tens of thousands of leftist ideas' followers flooded the Klaftmones Square, in the centre of Athens, from where the well-known communist leader and president of the EDA Ioannis Passalidis addressed his comrads. Microphones had been placed all around the surroundings of the Square to enable the big crowd to hear the speech of the communist least. Banners and plakats were also held with anti-american mottos, as well s with slogans against "imperialism", "government favouritism", "guided missile bases", "plutocracy", etc., etc. The whole of the Police force was on the alert since early in the afternoon, but no incident has been reported. EDA is considered -- at least this time -- as the most dangerous party in the present elections, for it succeeded to persuade the crowds that it's the only political organization opposing the danger from the establishment of atomic bases, as well as the anti-constitutional collection of taxes every year in advance. The attended crowds were estimated over 100.000 people.