Ladies, gentlemen, friends, good afternoon.

Before progressing to today's subject I would like to thank the Greek Student Association of the University of Western 3 Ontario for its kind invitation, which makes it possible for all of 'us to be together here to celebrate the eighth anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic. My thanks, too, to the Association's Pre— sident, Mr. George , for entrusting me with the complex task of analysing the events of the November uprising. I hOpe my

efforts will redeem that trust.

Since forty minutes is pretty scant time for anyone to give a detailed and comprehensive picture of the events in question, I shall limit my comments to three areas of concern: (1) The causes behind the foreign—controlled seizure of power by the junta in April 1967; (2) The Greek people's resistance to Papadopoulos' régime and its culmination in the stand at the Athens Polytechnical Institute; (3) Generally speaking, the historical and political significance

of the November uprising.

The establishment of a military dictatorship in April I967 abruptly ended the deadlock which dependency politics had brought to a head. The junta's aim was a clear one: to make any sacrifices needed to prevent the anticipated victory of the combined progressive ' and democratic forces in the planned May 1967 elections. It likewise


wished to buy time in order to better consolidate in Greece the neces—

sary conditions for a pre—existing NATO solution designed to deliver