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Today, 21 April, marks the 50th anniversary since a group of military officers seized power in Greece and enforced a dictatorship, which was to rule the country for the next 7 years.

The coup d’etat took place in the early hours of that very day. I was only two years old then, so naturally I have no memory of the event. However, my father used to tell me how he heard the rolling sound made by one of the armoured tanks that were deployed in the night and wondered why on earth were there road works being carried out at 2 in the morning…

The next day, of course, the truth gradually became apparent: The radio was continuously broadcasting patriotic military themes, a tank was stationed at a road junction near our house and then the announcements came: that the army had taken over the governing of the country due to the unstable situation that had developed.

Let’s hope it never ever happens again. Even though an objective historian might – just might – be able to discern a certain degree of good brought about by the dictatorship, particularly in light of the instability in Greece’s political life at the time, such a form of rule can never be a healthy substitute for Democracy.

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