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|Nickname(s)||"The Trowel" ("μυστρί"),|
"The man with the trowel" ("Ο ανθρωπος με το μυστρί")
|Born||8 November 1912|
Agia Paraskevi, Rethymno, Crete, Greece
|Died||8 October 2016 (aged 103)|
|Years of service||1930–1974|
|Rank||Brigadier (Cashiered in 1975)|
Stylianos Pattakos (Greek: Στυλιανός Παττακός; 8 November 1912 – 8 October 2016) was a Greek military officer and one of the principals of the Greek military junta of 1967–1974 that overthrew the government of Panagiotis Kanellopoulos in a coup d'état on 21 April 1967.
Pattakos eventually rose to the rank of Brigadier and was assigned to the tank training centre at Goudi in Athens. He along with Georgios Papadopoulos and Nikolaos Makarezos planned and executed the coup on the night of April 20 to April 21, 1967, claiming political anomaly had made them to do so.
Pattakos was assigned the Ministry of the Interior. As head of that post, Pattakos made the decision to strip Greek actress and political activist, Melina Mercouri, of her Greek citizenship and to also confiscate her property. Mercouri retorted "I was born a Greek and I will die a Greek. Mr. Pattakos was born a fascist and he will die a fascist".
The newly restored democratic government of Constantine Karamanlis put the junta officials on trial with charges of high treason and insurrection against Georgios Papadopoulos and other co-conspirators. Pattakos, along with the other principal leaders of the 1967 coup, Papadopoulos and Makarezos, were sentenced to death for high treason, following the trial. Shortly after the sentences were pronounced, they were commuted to life imprisonment by the Karamanlis government.
Pattakos was released from jail in 1990 by the government of Konstantinos Mitsotakis due to alleged health reasons. He later stated that he did not regret any of his actions during the dictatorship.
Pattakos died on 8 October 2016 at the age of 103.
Within 24 hours, and before the generals could move on their plan, the colonels launched their own coup.62 Thus, the ... as leaders of the group: Colonel George Papadopoulos, Colonel Nicolaos Makarezos and Brigadier Stylianos Pattakos.
...contingency plan designed to protect the government from a Communist takeover. ... Pattakos, in charge of the tank corps in Athens, had little difficulty in securing the capital, and the coup proceeded without outright opposition or bloodshed.
The three principal authors of the conspiracy — Colonels Georges Papadopoulos and Nicolaos Makarezos and Brigadier General Stylianos Pattakos had, at one time or another in their careers, been intelligence officers. ..
Furthermore, despite his close relations with the Americans in the past, Nixon refused to see the King during Eisenhower's funeral in 1966, but he did meet with Pattakos, one of the principal members of the Junta (Woodhouse, 1982: 191).
The original troika behind the coup, Colonels Papadopoulos and Makarezos and Brigadier Pattakos, were sentenced to death. ...
Zuweilen verbreitet Pattakos nicht Schrecken, sondern Segen — zum Beispiel in seinem Heimatdorf Aghia Paraskevi...
Deputy S. Pattakos. Aghia Paraskevi village, p. 18
Pattakos,. Stylianos. geb. 1912, Agia Paraskevi, Kreta
All were military academy graduates with seven completing their studies in 1943, four in 1940 and one in 1939. As the ... as leaders of the group: Colonel George Papadopoulos, Colonel Nicolaos Makarezos and Brigadier Stylianos Pattakos.
Brigadier Stylianos Pattakos, the most senior plotter, had command of tank units at the Goudi military reservation in Athens. ...
Pattakos labeled Kanellopoulos's April 3 assumption of power a “coup.” The conspirators began final planning. They chose the night of April 20–21 because most key political leaders would be in Athens where they could be rounded up ...
Greek word for honey (rneli), but there was acid in her throaty voice last week as vibrant Melina Mercouri condemned Brig. Gen. Stylianos Pat- takos, strong man of the Greek revolutionary junta which had just stripped her of citizenship and property ... Mr. Pattakos was born a Fascist; he will die a Fascist," said the passionate performer who until the recent coup did as ...
"I was born a Greek; I will die a Creek. Mr. Pattakos was born a Fascist; he will die a Fascist," said the passionate performer who until the recent coup did as much to spur Creek tourism as all the ancient ruins combined. Curled barefoot in a ...
When asked if she had any comment on this she replied : 'I was born Greek. I shall die Greek. Mr Pattakos was born a fascist. He will die a fascist.' C ASANOVA (trans WILLARD TRASK) History of My Life 4.W PP II I I S LONGMAN 14.
No wonder the talented actress Melina Mercouri, after being stripped of her Greek citizenship in absentia, said of junta member Colonel Pattakos : "I was born a Greek and I will die a Greek. Pattakos was born a Fascist and will die a Fascist.
He repeated it. And my answer came like water from a fountain: 'I was born a Greek, I will die a Greek; Pattakos was born Fascist, he will die Fascist . . .' "And now what will happen, Melina?" I am asked. Now there will be a trial at some ...
... Patakos was born a fascist and will die a fascist," Miss Mercouri said at a press conference she called shortly after hearing that her citizenship had been ...
On 25 November 1973, Brigadier Dimitris Ioannides replaced Papadopoulos with his loyal officers. ... On 20 July 1974, Turkey invaded Cyprus, and on 24 July the junta's president of Greece, General Phaidon Gizikis, appointed Konstantinos ...
1974 A botched plan to unite Cyprus with Greece prompts the invasion of Cyprus by Turkish troops and results in the fall of the military junta. This acts as a catalyst for the restoration of...
| Minister for the Interior of Greece
21 April 1967 – 25 August 1971
| Deputy Prime Minister of Greece
13 December 1967 – 8 October 1973
(from 26 August 1971 along with Nikolaos Makarezos)
| Minister for the Interior of Greece (interim)
10 May – 8 October 1973