• Short Summary

    ATHENS APPEARED QUIET TODAY (THURSDAY) AFTER THE FAILURE OF KING CONSTANTINE'S ATTEMPT TO OVERTHROW GREECE'S RULING MILIARY JUNTA.

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    ATHENS STREET; PARLIAMENT BUILDING; PRESS CONFERENCE; PAPADOPOULOS AND INTERPRETER SPEAKING : NEWSMEN.



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    "THE GOVERNMENT, FINDING ITSELF FACED WITH SUCH A SITUATION, OF WHICH THE MOST IMPORTANT WAS THAT THE KING WAS NO LONGER CARRYING OUT HIS DUTIES AND THAT THE PRIME MINISTER WAS ALSO NOT HERE AND NOT CARRYING OUT HIS DUTIES, FACED THE SITUATION WITH THE FOLLOWING CONSTITUTIONAL PROCEDURE - THE (INAUDIBLE) COMMITTEE APPOINTED A REGENT TO CARRY OUT THE DUTIES OF THE KING. MR ZOITAKIS WAS SWORN IN BY THE ARCHBISHOP OF ATHENS AND GREECE IN THE .....THE REGENT HONOURED ME BY ASKING ME TO FORM A NEW GOVERNMENT. FROM THEN ON WITH THE LEGAL PROCEDURE A NEW PRIME MINISTER AND GOVERNMENT WERE SWORN IN BY THE ARCHBISHOP OF GREECE."




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    EDITORS NOTE: OUR PROD NOS. 12361/67 AND 12373/67 SERVICED TODAY (DECEMBER 14) REFER

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    Background: ATHENS APPEARED QUIET TODAY (THURSDAY) AFTER THE FAILURE OF KING CONSTANTINE'S ATTEMPT TO OVERTHROW GREECE'S RULING MILIARY JUNTA. COLONEL GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS, THE 47-YEAR-OLD MILITARY LEADER WHO HAS TAKEN OVER THE PRIME MINISTER'S JOB, LAUGHED AND JOKED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN ATHENS AS HE DENOUNCED THE KING'S ACTION.

    THE COLONELS WHO DEFEATED THE KING TODAY TIGHTENED THEIR CONTROL OF THE COUNTRY AND ROUNDED UP SENIOR OFFICERS WHO HAD BACKED THE YOUNG KING'S SHORT-LIVED CHALLENGE. COLONEL PAPADOPOULOS SAID AN AMNESTY HAD BEEN GRANTED TO A FEW OFFICERS WHO SIDED WITH THE KING, BUT SOME MIGHT FACE DISCIPLINARY ACTION.

    KING CONSTANTINE'S REVOLT HAD COLLAPSED A FEW HOURS EARLIER WITH THE ARREST OF HIS THREE PRINCIPAL BACKERS. LIEUTENANT-GENERAL GEORGE PERIDES, COMMANDER OF THE THIRD ARMY CORPS IN SALONIKA, BRIGADIER VIDALIS AND BRIGADIER ESSERMAN, COMMANDER OF THE 20TH ARMOURED DIVISION.

    LIEUTENANT-GENERAL YEORUIOS ZOITAKIS WAS APPOINTED RECENT IN THE KING'S PLACE, AND FOR KING CONSTANTINE HIMSELF THE FUTURE SEEMED UNCERTAIN. HE ARRIVED AT ROME'S CLAMPING AIRPORT EARLY TODAY WITH HIS DANISH-BORN WIFE QUEEN ANNE-MARIE AND HIS TWO CHILDREN.

    SPEAKING THROUGH AN INTERPRETER COLONEL PAPADOPOULOS SAID:

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE5QWXBIJ0EIQBL50067BL5CC1
    Media URN:
    VLVAE5QWXBIJ0EIQBL50067BL5CC1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/12/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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