One of the major participants in the 1967 military Coup d' etat in Greece, a hardline anticommunist and unrepentant fascist died on Sunday in Athens. His name was Stylianos Pattakos, a former Brigadier General who had a decisive role aside Colonel Georgios Papadopoulos in establishing a military Junta on April 21, 1967.
The Associated Press reported:
Until the end of his life, Pattakos remained an audacious supporter of the 1967-74 fascist military dictatorship. In his last television appearances he showed no remorse for the crimes he- and his colleagues- committed during the Greek Junta. Pattakos' fascism was so blatant that in one of his latest TV interviews he justified the torture chambers of the dictatorship. When he was asked about the case of Spiros Moustaklis, an anti-Junta army officer who suffered permanent brain damage after being severely tortured in 1973, he cynically replied: "We did the right thing to him". Moustaklis was left paralyzed for the rest of his life.