World: Friendly Chats on Bouboulinas Street

ONE-FOURTH of the Human Rights Commission's 1,200-page report is devoted to verbatim testimony spoken in halting, sometimes disjointed phrases by Greeks who either underwent torture themselves or witnessed the cruel treatment of others. One of the witnesses was an Athenian housewife named Anastasia Tsirka, who was arrested late in 1967 after police agents in a midnight raid found three pamphlets from underground political groups in her home. To find out who had given her the documents, Asphalia (secret police) agents took Mrs. Tsirka, then two or three months pregnant, to their headquarters on...

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