Athenian Uprising of 1909

Athenian Uprising of 1909

 

uprising of the Athens garrison on Aug. 28, 1909. Headed by the Greek bourgeois-nationalist organization the Military League. The uprising was provoked by the dissatisfaction of the bourgeoisie and of broad strata of the population with the refusal of the government to support the decision of the parliament of Crete on the reunification of the island of Crete with Greece, and also by the serious financial situation of the country and its growing dependence on Anglo-French capital. In August 1909, the Military League demanded that the government carry out state reforms and remove members of the royal family from command posts in the army and fleet. The refusal of the government to satisfy the demands of the league led to the uprising of the garrison at Athens, which was supported in many provinces. The king recalled the princes from their command posts and accepted many other demands of the league.