Circular letter from the European Committee of Scientists for Democracy in Greece


Title:
Circular letter from the European Committee of Scientists for Democracy in Greece
Description:
On April 21, 1967, junior military officers launched a bloodless coup against the constitutional monarchy and the civilian government of Greece to forestall an impending electoral victory by the reform-oriented Center Union Party of Georgios Papandreou. The Greek Colonels, as the junta came to be known, imposed martial law, suspended constitutional guarantees of civil rights, established special courts martial, dissolved political parties, and abolished the right to strike. Several thousand people with a record of leftist political views or activity were sent to camps on Greek islands. The junta fell during a military confrontation with Turkey over the island of Cyprus in July 1974.. In the wake of the coup and the dismissal of many academics from university positions, scientists debated whether to boycott scientific meetings in Greece as a sign of protest, and more broadly their political responsibilities for maintaining freedom of research and civil liberties.
Extent:
2 pages
Date Created:
[1969]
Creator:
European Committee of Scientists for Democracy in Greece
Source:
Original Repository. Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers. 11646. URL. http://archives.wellcome.ac.uk/
Original Repository:
The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
Right Type:
Permission Granted - No Conditions
Right Statement:
Reproduced with permission of Richard A. Ferrell.
Subject:
Government and Political Systems
Profiles in Science ID:
SCBBDL
NLM ID:
101584582X39
Genre:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
Text
Location:
Box: 41. Folder: PP/CRI/E/1/17/7/3