• Short Summary

    In Athens on Friday the Greek Premier George Papadopoulos made a nationwide appeal to the Greek people to endorse the Government's decision to abolish the monarchy and make him the first President of a new Greek Republic.

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    GV PAN Traffic in Athens street
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    SV People along road (2 shots)
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    SV Portrait of Papadopoulos
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    SV People out of bus PAN TO 'YES' sign on bus
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    GV & CU 'Yes' signs (3 shots)
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    SV & CU INT. Woman and children listening to TV speech (4 shots)
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: In Athens on Friday the Greek Premier George Papadopoulos made a nationwide appeal to the Greek people to endorse the Government's decision to abolish the monarchy and make him the first President of a new Greek Republic.

    About six million Greeks go to the polls on Sunday to vote on the referendum.

    If they decide to support the proposed constitutional changes, the 54 year old artillery colonel who masterminded the Army coup in April 1967, would rule Greece for at least another eight years, with absolute control over defence, security and foreign policy.

    SYNOPSIS: In Greece six million voters go to the polls on Sunday.

    These people of Athens must decide whether they will endorse the Government decision to abolish the monarchy and make Premier George Papadopoulos first President of a new Republic.

    If the Greek people vote "Yes" the former artillery Colonel who masterminded the Army coup in 1967 will rule for at least another eight years with absolute control over defence, security and foreign policy. On Friday, the climax of the campaign, with George Papadopoulos speaking on television to the nation.

    The Greek Premier promised to restore parliamentary rule if he was elected President in Sunday's referendum. At the same time he warned if the people said "No" an immediate transfer of power from the revolution to the people would be impossible. The transfer would have to come in a different way, and the pace would be slower. Premier accused deposed King Constantine of repeatedly plotting to overthrow his regime, and of becoming on obstacle to a return to parliamentary rule. George Papadopoulos and General Odysseus Anghelis, Chief of the Armed Forces, who is standing as Vice President are the only two candidates. In his speech the Greek Premier also promised to abolish special powers, lift martial law, and restore constitutional guarantees for human rights and civil liberties. But former Greek Premier Panayotis Kanellopoulos and the country's two main political parties have called for a vote of "No". And they claim that is the way ninety-five per cent of Greeks will vote.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD5OW6EX64GS6HFFS4DVP9KEI1
    Media URN:
    VLVAD5OW6EX64GS6HFFS4DVP9KEI1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/07/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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