Monday, 17 November 2008
Athens Polytechnic Uprising
Thirty five years ago today the Athens Polytechnic uprising (info here and video here) ended in bloodshed.
This picture shows the tank that crushed the gates of the Polytechnic, stopped in front of the building. The picture was found at http://www.ahistoryofgreece.com/november17.htm.
This is a copy of the Vradyni Athens daily reporting on the events on the following day. I found this on SKAI.gr website today; it is incorporated in a text commemorating the uprising.
The front page of the 18th November 1973 reminded me of another page of the same newspaper that I had come across in my research.
It is a cartoon published approximately a year before the November '73 events and it comments on Lord Carrington's visit to Athens in September 1972.
Lord Carrington was Defence Secretary at the time and his visit (the first one by a British minister under Heath) was presented to the public as 'unofficial', with his habit of holidaying in Greece used as a pretext.