Greece: Democracy Under Siege

The new Greek government last week solemnly decreed that, under threat of punishment, Greek youngsters must henceforth give up their seats on buses to clergymen, pregnant women and invalids. Of such stuff, apparently, is the new Greece to be built. Ruling by dictatorial decree, the junta of army officers, who three weeks ago seized control in a swift coup, pressed ahead with their plan to reshape and purify Greek life and politics.

So far, the purification process has been mainly one of arrests and repressions. In one indiscriminate slash, the junta outlawed no...

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