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21 April 1967 is a “black-letter day” for Greece’s democracy, says Pavlopoulos

The criminal coup d’etat that led to the seven-year ‘tragedy’ of Greece’s military junta on April 21, 1967, is a ‘black-letter day’ for democracy, and must remain indelibly marked in the country’s historical memory, Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos said in a statement 52 years after the colonel’s coup.

In view of what Pavlopoulos called the crucial upcoming European elections, he pointed out that “Greeks, fully aware of the consequences of this grim past, have the duty to defend democracy in our country and in our great European Family-the European Union,” he said. 

The Greek President concluded by saying that Greeks “have to raise a wall of unconditional resistance against all those who covet, directly and overtly, the democratic institutions at large, and the European fabric specifically.”

PS state ERT TV broadcast on Sunday a lot of interviews with people who were tortured and suffered under the 7-year dictatorship. I wonder whether this dark chapter of modern Greek history has any meaning for the younger generations.

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