Greece: A Sop to the Critics

After three years of iron-fisted rule, Greece's military junta suddenly seemed to be relaxing its grip. A total of 332 political prisoners were unexpectedly released from jail en masse. Twenty-seven men and women convicted of participating in a bomb plot that rocked Athens last summer were given lighter-than-expected sentences. A hand-picked senate of 50 men from various income levels and occupations was being formed to advise Premier George Papadopoulos and his colleagues.

Last week the colonels who run the government authorized the most surprising relaxation yet. They released Mikis Theodorakis, 44, one...

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