August 40 years ago-Article of N.G. Michaloliakos
Article of the Secretary General of Golden Dawn, Nikolaos Michaloliakos, in the national newspaper “Empros”
In the past, I have written in the newspaper “GOLDEN DAWN” an article with the title: “THE CURSED MONTH OF AUGUST”, which referred to the History of our Nation at the 20th century and the great national disasters, at 1922 and at 1974, with Attila II and the Turkish occupation of a big part of Cyprus.
Prompted by an article in a Sunday newspaper, written by a fanatic bolshevist journalist regarding the August of 1978, I recall these past days. We all have a Story. Some stories are empty pages, while others have a lot to say…
The 24rth of July of 1978 is the fourth anniversary of the Greek political changeover and many explosions occur in Athens. At the 28th I get arrested at Mytilene, where I was serving as Officer at the 22nd Unit of Infantry. I am arrested and transferred, guarded by officers, in Athens, where I have a “VIP” welcome in the airport from the police, under the order of Karamanlis and the former minister of defense Evaggelos Averov. So, I am transferred in the Directorate Police General of Athens, in order to be interrogated.
As an Officer of the Greek Army, I could not be interrogated by the Police, since I belonged to the Armed Forces. I have brought with me safety razors in order to have every day a proper appearance as a Greek Officer and a book with poetry, since I believe that poetry is the greatest power of every Ideology with the lyrics able to break through every wall.
I am wrongfully accused of the explosions of the 24rth of July 1978, even though at the 24rth of July I was in Mytilene, miles away from Athens! They blame twelve persons. The eight are exonerated. In the end, four persons pass through trial, were only two get convicted and only one goes in jail, me. For 13 months, even though back in time the limit for the redeemable punishment was only 12 months.
So, in August I was in the Military Prison in Avlona and also I was not an Officer any more for clearly political reasons. Few months later I got transferred in Aegina and then at Korydallos, when I was finally released at 1979.
In August of 1978 I was in custody. In August of 2018 I am again in custody! Forty years passed like a moment, however the Flag and the Faith remain strong. Forty years with many wonderful Comrades, but also many deserters and traitors, while our Homeland remains enslaved, waiting for the return of our Nation and our dignity.