Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Greece Protests Terrorism with Moment of Silence Memorial 40 Days after Assassination

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Greece Protests Terrorism with Moment of Silence Memorial 40 Days after Assassination

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ATHENS, Greece -- Greeks observed an unprecedented nationwide minute of silence against terrorism yesterday, part of a government-sponsored publicity campaign to fight a menace that has plagued the country for 25 years.

An anti-terrorism message was also broadcast on all private and state-run television and radio networks at noon, as public services stopped working for a minute.

"It is a threat to contemporary Greece," the message said. "The fight against terrorism is a priority. It is a priority, not only for the state, but also for the Greek people and their political culture."

It aired 40 days after terrorists assassinated a British diplomat on the streets of Athens, a time period that is significant to the Orthodox Christians who make up the majority of Greece's population. Orthodox traditionally hold memorial services 40 days after the death of a loved one.

"It constitutes a commitment by the government and a pursuit by society not to abandon the effort to uproot terrorism," the message said.

International criticism mounted against Greece's inability to crack down on terrorism after the June 8 killing of Brig. Stephen Saunders by two men on a motorcycle as he drove to work. …

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