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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 8, No. 1. Friday, March, 2, 1945


During the past two months the peoples of the Allied countries have witnessed with alarm the grim sequence of events in Greece since its liberation from the Germans. The announcement of an agreement between the Elas and the Government for the cessation of hostilities, freedom of trade union organisation, press and assembly, has come as a welcome relief in a tense situation which tended to undermine British prestige in the Allied Nations.

While it must be remembered that the main defeat of Fascism is taking place on the Eastern and Western European fields and in the Pacific and China, the mishandling of affairs in Greece has been perturbing in the extreme and calculated to shake Greek faith in democratic British intentions.

Throughout the whole fracas the people of New Zealand have had little opportunity of learning the true facts but have had to digest the garbled and unconvincing reports of our daily press. Even the conservative British press has found it impossible to reproduce without comment these biassed reports.

"Public opinion outside Greece," says the "Sunday Observer," "has these last few days and weeks been served with evidence from one side only. It has heard the story of Mr. Churchill, Papandreou and General Scobie." (And, we might well add, Sir Walter Citrine.) "The leaders of Elas have not been allowed to tell the world their version of the events. The prosecutors have spoken at their will while the defendants have had no say at all."