868.00/322: Telegram

The Chargé in Greece (Caffery) to the Secretary of State

175. My 169, November 20, 1 p.m.6 Yesterday several hundred Venizelist officers presented to revolutionary committee demand for immediate execution of chief political prisoners threatening lives of committee in case of refusal. Therefore trial was rushed through all night and six principal accused were condemned and executed this morning. British representative is sending note to Foreign Office announcing rupture of diplomatic relations and is leaving tonight for London. Counselor left unofficially in charge of British interests.

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