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Woodstock Nation Notes

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Parent Issue
Month
February
Year
1971
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ATHENS, Greece -- The festival film Woodstock precipitated a riot here when it was shown for the first time. Thousands oí youths crowded the strett in front of the Palace Theater, in the center of the city. Studente and pólice battied ior somt time before pig reinfonements were ijrought In. Thirteen people were arrested - reports listed no one injured, What exactly started the inciderit is not clear, In other developments, rnmen censors withdrew from view the i?trawberry Statement, a movie about a student takeover of a university. No explanation accompanied the action, but it's Groek policy that no films which would tend to "inflame the populac"1" may be shoWn. At a showing of Strawberr" in ciowntown Athens, crowds cheered, leered and generally got it .in, shou rown with tiifc junta í during the lic estudent battle which comes át the end of the film. The military dictatorship which rules Greece is heavily backed by U.S. arms and material. For a long time immediately after the junta took over, lonp-hairs weren't allowed into the country. This has been modified recently to help the tourist biz keep going. The movie Z, which attacks the dictatorship, is also banned in Greece. the chairman is well anci sends his best frotn interview room no. 3. the walls press in - heavy, dirty yellow like an old dog's teeth - but tbe door isn't locked and the walls are forpotten in the flow of chairman bobby's f iery charisma. he speaks of his sisters' sttuggles with a lack of defensiveness seldom encountered among either sex, explains that tt is necessary to piek up the gun in order to get rid of the gun, but also the importa nee of judging correctly the right time & context to use it - to be less than human is to be fascist; he speaks of things I would spaak of to you - but there was no tape recorder and a bad reproduction is worse than none. so I will self ishly hoarde the words wa shared, keep them for myself ; but to you I ghra this poem he never spoke with words but with his lif e: No silence in a cell through bricks we hear each other free bobby free you free me