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Greece (Guerrilla Attacks)

Volume 438: debated on Monday 9 June 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what reports he has received from the British Police Mission in Greece of attacks by guerrillas on members of the Greek police force or their families during the last six months; and how many have lost their lives.

Complete reports for the whole of Greece are not at present available, but reports from the British Police Mission in Greece show that 136 attacks on the gendarmerie are known to have taken place in Macedonia and Thrace alone between the 1st December, 1945, and the 31st May, 1947. In the course of these attacks 136 officers and men were killed, and 167 wounded. The families of gendarmes are frequently threatened and families have in fact suffered savagely. It is, however, impossible to give precise figures because it is difficult to differentiate between terrorism directed against the civilian population in general, and that directed against the families of gendarmes.