Greek conservative opposition leader Constantine Mitsotakis led thousands of people on a march through Athens on December 1 to protest at the way the government uses television.
GV Opposition leader Constantine Mitsotakis arrives on platform and waves PAN TO demonstrators waving flags and banners.
GV Slogan "NID".
GVs Crowd waving banners. (3 SHOTS)
SV & CUs Mitsotakis speaking. (3 SHOTS)
GVs Crowd cheering PAN TO Mitsotakis on platform acknowledging crowd. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: Greek conservative opposition leader Constantine Mitsotakis led thousands of people on a march through Athens on December 1 to protest at the way the government uses television. Mitsotakis also hit out at what he called the fascist attitude of the ruling Pasok (Socialist) Party towards television when he addressed the crowd, estimated at over 50,000. The crowd later marched through the centre of Athens shouting slogans like 'No to brainwashing' and 'Down with the liars of Pasok'. Greek television, first established under the former military junta, has been state-controlled under both the previous democratic government and the present one. Domestic news bulletins often consist largely of the reading out, in full and without comment, of statements by government officials. An hour before Mr. Mitsotakis was due to speak to the protesters, police found and defused two bombs near the platform he stood on. The apparent assassination attempt did not deter Mr. Mitsotakis from taking part.