The Regime of the Colonels


Using a NATO plan to protect Greece against a communist invasion, a handful of junior officers led by Colonel George Papadopoulos, fearful of the upcoming election and the rise of the left, overthrow the Greek government and declare martial law, outlawing strikes, labor unions, long hair on men, mini-skirts, the peace symbol, the Beatles, Sophocles, Tolstoy, Aeschylus, Socrates, Eugene Ionesco, Sartre, Chekhov, Mark Twain, Samuel Beckett, free press, new math and the letter Z.
From: Matt Barrett's: A History of Greece.

November 1973. Student rebellion at the Athens Polytechnic. The beginning of the end of the dictatorship.


Life on Crete in the period


Sights from the period in modern Crete


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