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Military junta was a 'revolution', New Democracy MP claims

Calls made for New Democracy to expel Dimitris Christoyiannis for comments

Dimitris Christoyiannis says the 1967-74 military dictatorship cannot be likened to today's terrorists because 'at the time the junta was a revolution'

New Democracy MP Dimitris Christoyiannis New Democracy MP Dimitris Christoyiannis The military junta that ruled Greece from 1967 to 1974 with an iron fist was described on Wednesday as a "revolution" by a New Democracy MP.

Dimitris Christoyiannis, who represents Pieria constituency near Thessaloniki, said during a panel discussion on a private TV station that the colonels behind the dictatorship could not be equated with terrorists because "at the time the junta was a revolution".

Christoyiannis, 55, made the comments when asked if his party contained elements who were supportive of the dictatorship.

He told Action 24 TV that "there were possibly some" junta supporters in the party.

Main opposition Syriza called for New Democracy to expel Christoyiannis for his comments and for Prime Minister Antonis Samara, who leads the conservative party, to take a stand.

The New Democracy MP's comments were described as "unacceptable" and "creepy" by Pasok, New Democracy's junior coalition partner in the government.

"New Democracy must immediately condemn the pro-junta opinions of its MP and bring him back into line," the party said. 

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