The entire Athens police force were placed on alert as tens of thousands of angry mourners massed around Athens Cathedral on March 23 for the funeral of murdered right-wing publisher George Athanassiades.
SV Placard with photograph of murdered publisher George Athanassiades
GVs Demonstrators and crowd outside cathedral in Athens (2 shots)
TV Opposition party leader, Evanghelos Averoff-Tositsas, led through crowd
TVs Crowds with banners and flags outside cathedral (2 shots)
TV Coffin led through crowd as people applaud and shout (2 shots)
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Background: The entire Athens police force were placed on alert as tens of thousands of angry mourners massed around Athens Cathedral on March 23 for the funeral of murdered right-wing publisher George Athanassiades.
Mr Athanassiades, a personal friend of President Karamanlis, was shot by a gunman at point-blank range in his office at the conservative Vradini newspaper, which he owned. A clandestine group, representing disgruntled conscripted soldiers, has claimed responsibility. Calling itself the Organisation of Anti-military Struggle, the group said it shot the publisher as a protest against conditions in the army. Prime Minister Andreous Papandreou has appealed to Greeks to keep calm and safeguard democracy, attacking the right-wing for making a political issues of the killings. His call only outraged supporters of the right-wing New Democracy Party, cheering their leader Evangelos Averoff-Tositsas as he walked into the Cathedral. The protestors shouted slogans and called for the resignation of the Greek Minister for Public Order who is investigating the murder.