Greek President Karolos Papoulias on Monday said that there will be no celebrations this year to mark the July 23 anniversary of the fall of the 1967-1974 military dictatorship.

«The event for the anniversary of the restoration of democracy will not take place this year,» the president's office announced on Monday. «This is dictated by the suffering of the Greek people.»

Instead, Papoulias said that the July 23 anniversary should be seen as an opportunity for «contemplation.»

«The honor that is bestowed upon to those who fought against the dictatorship will be reflected in contemplation instead,» Papoulias's announcement said