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''Democracy Is Not for Granted'': President Sakellaropoulou on Coup d' Etat Anniversary

"We should not forget that nothing can be taken for granted and that the defense of Democracy and its institutions is a constant challenge for us all," President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou stated in her message on...

Athens Polytechnic Uprising: How Greek Students Overthrew a Coup

As of November 1973, it had been six and a half years since Greece had been placed under strict military rule. Opponents of the junta which took over in the April 21, 1967 coup had been tortured, jailed, exiled, or put...

July 24, 1974: When Democracy Was Restored to Greece

The five days between July 20 and July 24, 1974 were the most turbulent, and the most decisive, in modern Greek history. The Turkish invasion to Cyprus, the collapse of the seven-year-long military junta, and the birth of the...

May 1st Marks 43rd Anniversary of Death of Anti-Junta Hero Panagoulis

May 1, 2019 marks the forty-third anniversary of Alexandros Panagoulis' death on the first of May in 1976 in Athens. Panagoulis became well-known for his brave struggle against the military dictatorship which ravaged Greece and its society for nearly seven years,...

April 21, 1967: A Date Most Greeks Want to Forget

                                       (Makarezos, Pattakos, Papadopoulos) For the army colonels who overthrew the government and established a seven-year long cruel dictatorship, April 21, 1967...

November 17 Anniversary: Thousands March to Commemorate the Polytechnic Uprising

Thousands of people marched on the streets of Athens on Saturday afternoon to commemorate the anniversary of the Polytechnic uprising and the victims of the 1973 deadly crackdown by the police and the Army of a student uprising against...

Flashback to the Funeral that Became the First Mass Protest Against the 1967 Junta

On November 1, 1968 the death of emblematic political leader Georgios Papandreou gave about 300,000 Greeks the opportunity to get out in the streets and demonstrate against the cruel dictators who had taken over the country on April 21,...

Gyaros: The Forgotten Aegean 'Island of the Devil'

During the military dictatorship Gyaros was a place of exile and torture. Today, the small Cycladic island exudes a sense of fear and complete abandonment, says a report in Deutsche Welle (DW). Following the Civil War (1946-49), the island which...

Stylianos Pattakos, Last 1967 Greek Coup Survivor, Dies at 103 Years

Stylianos Pattakos, a leader of the 1967 coup, died at the age of 103 following a stroke on Saturday. The last survivor of the coup that governed Greece for seven years will be remembered in history as a brigadier...

Greece Celebrates Anniversary of November 17, 1973 Student Uprising Against Junta

On the 42nd anniversary of the November 17, 1973 student uprising against the colonels' dictatorship, a cold chill embraces Athens in light of the bloody terrorist attack in Paris. This year Athenians and visitors from other cities place flowers not...