Greece may well find it a little embarrassing to anticipate the existence of internment camps in other countries when she herself, since 1946, has maintained a large internment camp for Communists and others left-wing in their politics.
General view of Piraeus Harbour coasters' berthing quay (2 shots).
The "Ionion", a small coaster, coming from "Ayois Efstration Island is seen entering the harbour and approaching her berth. (2 shots)
(Closer) The "Ionion" at berth and the crowds of relative, parents and friends awaiting to meet their people at the quay after some 10 years' separation.
A group of Communist deportees seen at the upper deck of the coaster waving hands.
Another group of freed communist seen at the rear of the ship.
Again the group on the upperdeck (closer)
Liberated communists are now landing at the quay, free, after ten years of detention in the various camps and particularly the Ayios Efstratios' one.
Parents, relatives, friends and crowds welcome the freed communists. Scenes of reunion; men kissing each others; women crying, etc., etc. (5-6 shots).
The name of the "Ionion" at berth.
General view of the ship and the crowds by her at the quay.
Another general view of the "Ionion".
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Background: Greece may well find it a little embarrassing to anticipate the existence of internment camps in other countries when she herself, since 1946, has maintained a large internment camp for Communists and others left-wing in their politics.
The camp, for both men and women, is situated on a remote and rocky island in the south-eastern Aegean, better known as Ayios Efstratice Island.
Following the recent Government resignations and the Formation of a caretaker Government, the new Minister of the Public Security, Mr. Manidakis, ordered the release from the camp of some 142 men and 3 women - after, of course, a thorough examination of their history and record.
Right-wing circles have reacted strongly to Mr. Manidakis's action, insisting that the release of communistic elements at such short notice before a general election is making for trouble and dangerous for the country.
However, the release of the communists must be accepted as on a most of the caretaker Government's goodwill and determination to make the forthcoming elections really free elections.
Thus it is anticipated that more internments will regain their freedom before the day when the election take place.