I read the following about Nikolaos Plastiras and remained speechless for several days.
When he died “An Army debit card (SYP 108) was also found in his personal belongings for a bed he had lost during the operations in Asia Minor and 8 drachmas with a note to be given to the State for the value of the bed, so that owes to the Homeland ”.
Now that I have met, I want to share with our readers what I consider important for Mavros Kavalaris, so that we can all get to know him better and compare him with our current politicians.
Let’s think about it one more time. The debt of the Army (SYP 108) for a bed that he had lost during the operations in Asia Minor, was carried with him for thirty years by the three times prime minister of the homeland, !!!!!!!!!… ..unparallel ethos….
Once upon a time, most of our politicians were like Plastiras.
I remembered another relatively nice story. In the 60’s there was a very well-off family in Messinia. The mother of the children of this family happened to be in command and gave much more money than the others to her eldest son Stavros Costopoulos, who was a politician. His brothers did not understand why their mother was giving so much money to her political son and one day they asked her. The answer was simple. “He is a politician and he needs them more than you.” Politicians once cared about the public and “glory” and paid a lot of money to achieve it.
Today the society knows very well, our politicians do not think to reduce their “double” pensions, they never thought to reduce their salaries, which are not negligible, let the daily salaries and pensions be reduced to all Greeks, even the worse the same politicians without any shame voted to make cuts to pensioners of 346 euros.
Chairs, family rule and nepotism are commonplace today. Even today we vote for descendants of politicians who are not accidental, they and their ancestors politicians, have found the trick to have all the ruling parties, right, center, left (ERE, PASOK, SYRIZA) and sit in their parliamentary chairs for many years, because they have “experience” μερα. Today many believe that engaging with the public is a good profession.
K. Kastoriadis briefly emphasizes to us “From the moment and from which irrevocable representatives have been elected, the first and main job of these irrevocable representatives – unless we believe in Santa Claus – is how to secure their re-election. Everything else is secondary ”.”
The democratic defense of the citizens will soon begin, with the limited term of seven years of all our elected representatives, to change our course on the evil ladder and will force us to find politicians like Nikolaos Plastiras with unparalleled morality.
Citizens must one day understand that engaging with the public is their duty and is the only way to get us off the ground we are in today, because no one else will do it for us. Let’s start with the obvious and the essentials that we forgot and let the well-meaning “experts” do for us. Only if we build democratic institutions and democratic political parties, and we all read daily and apply what we agreed and voted on, the rules of procedure and the statutes, will we be able to change course and see fate in the sun one day.
Sooner or later we have to figure it out, no one else will save us or do the work we have to do.
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General Nikolaos Sampson, a friend of Plastiras, describes in a letter the following: “When Plastiras died, he did not leave behind a house, real estate or bank deposits. The inheritance he left to his orphaned refugee daughter was 216 drachmas, a ten-dollar bill and a laconic oral will: “All for Greece!”.
… “And the doctor, who was present and signed the relevant death certificate, counted on his injured body: 27 swords and 9 bullet marks” “
The publisher Dimitris Lambrakis once gave Plastiras a nice gold pen and after the general called his friend Andreas he said: “I do not put gold signatures. I have enough of my little pen. Send it back. – But he will be offended. – Does not matter. Let me cut off the water from the estate. I do not want gifts Andrea. Because gifts also bring retribution!
In 1952, Plastiras became prime minister He was bedridden by the illness that afflicted him when one day he received the visit of Queen Frederick. Entering his modest rented apartment, she was surprised to see the prime minister using a ranch for his sleep, and asked him intimately: “Niko, why are you doing this?” and the answer came disarming. “I am accustomed, Your Majesty, to the ranch in the army and I cannot leave it.”
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The trial of six
“The trial of six has been recorded in Greek history as the trial before an extraordinary military court to which they were referred by the Revolutionary Commission that had taken power with the 1922 revolution to punish those considered responsible for the consequences of the Asia Minor campaign, commonly for the Asia Minor Catastrophe ..
On November 15, at 7.15 am, General Alexandros Othoneos read the final verdict of the court : , Nikolaon Straton, Petros Protopapadakin, Georgios Baltatzin and Nikolaon Theotokin in the sentence of Death…
At dawn, the Minister of Defense, Pangalos, visited Plastiras, asking him to speed up the executions. This is because Captain Talbot had sailed from Genoa to Piraeus with a destroyer in order to deliver a British ultimatum to the Greek Foreign Minister, in which he asked the Greek side to fully comply with his instructions, clarifying that in case of execution of the accused Britain would Greece was not defended in the Lausanne negotiations and would not lend to them.  His arrival was expected from hour to hour.
At 9 a.m. in Averoff prison, the revolutionary commissioner Grigoriadis announced the court decision to the accused. No one was surprised except Hatzanesti. The future dead were given two hours to say goodbye to relatives and friends. At 10.30 they were taken to Goudi to be executed…… Those sentenced to death were executed at 11: 27΄ ”
The British Captain Tablot arrived late and ran to give the ultimatum to Nikolaos Plastiras. Mavros Kavalaris answered him somewhat like this: The Greek people had already performed their patriotic duty and it was too late for ultimatums.
“After the” December “of 1944 he was called to take over the government as a widely accepted figure, on January 3, 1945”
Mavros Kavalaris had to take the chestnuts out of the fire for another difficult moment for the nation, because in the turmoil of the sea all the great leaders of the time were afraid and were hiding or they were incompetent…. gunpowder.
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“Nikolaos Plastiras (November 4, 1883 – July 26, 1953) was a Greek military and politician. He became known for his military action during the Balkan Wars (where he became known as Mavros Kavalaris) and the Asia Minor campaign and was often involved in politics by participating in or organizing movements. Nikolaos Plastiras ruled Greece three times, once in 1945 and twice in 1951-1952.
He actively participated in the “Association of Non-Commissioned Officers” which aimed at the meritocracy and the consolidation of the Army and was parallel to the “Military Association” of officers, made by the Movement in Goudi in 1909.
After the Asia Minor catastrophe and the September 11 Revolution of the military forces in Chios and Lesvos, in 1922, he took over the leadership of the revolutionary committee (from which he acquired the nickname ‘Leader’). In September 1922 he went to Athens where he overthrew the government and forced King Constantine I to resign in favor of his son George II and formed a revolutionary government but did not participate in it.
After the elections in December 1923, he handed over power to the elected government. In January 1924 he resigned and was demobilized with the rank of Lieutenant General. The Fourth National Assembly declared him “Worthy of the Homeland”.
Before the announcement of the results was completed, on the night of March 5 to 6, 1933, Plastiras organized a Movement in favor of Venizelos and with his approval, with the excuse that the rise of the anti-Venizelists to power would mean the end of the Republic. The movement failed and fled to Lebanon and then to France. In the next Military Movement, on March 1, 1935 (again with the Venizelos’ approval) again offered his support even though he was still abroad, and after his failure he was sentenced to death in absentia, as was Venizelos, who, however, all received amnesty with the restoration of the Reigning Republic at the same time, by King George II.
In September 1937, Plastiras began intense anti-dictatorship activities against the Metaxas regime, and became Chairman of the Anti-dictatorship Committee, with members including Sophocles Venizelos, Agamemnon Schliemann, and Komnenos Pyromaglos. In an interview with a French journalist, he expressed his view on the dictatorship, stressing that “it is not a system of progress and raising the intellectual level of peoples. »[
After the “December” of 1944, he was called to take over the government as a widely accepted figure, on January 3, 1945.
He tried to prevent the Civil War, and participated in the Varkiza Agreement ………. He twice formed a coalition government from the center parties in the period 1950-1952 (April 15, 1950 – August 21, 1950 and November 1, 1951 – October 11, 1952) which was characterized as a “center break”. As prime minister, he pursued a moderate policy with rich activity. He dealt with the elimination of the consequences of the Civil War and the economic and social reconstruction, with a social democratic program of nationalizations, social benefits, distribution of land to the homeless, granting of votes to women, etc. “
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Nikolaos Plastiras, Mavros Kavalaris: Indescribable devotion of an entire life to the ideals and unparalleled ethos.