Members of the P.E.O. (PanCyprian Labour Organizations) rallied outside their headquarters in the heart of?
Members of the P.E.O. (PanCyprian Labour Organizations) rallied outside their headquarters in the heart of Nicosia April 28 to protest against the kidnapping of Antonis Pharmakides, the Greek-Cypriot editor of "Ethinki" - a newspaper supporting former EOKA leader Grivas in his attacks on Archbishop Makarios.
A resolution, spread out to the cheering crowd, vigorously denounced the April 25 kidnapping and campaign of intimidation carried out against the newspaper's staff. A statement issued later said "If Ethniki's editor os not returned, dead or alive, by April 30, we are calling an island-wide strike on May 2."
Reports that Pharmakides has been executed are being checked by the police. He is said to have been "tride" before a "people 's court" on charges of treason against the state, found guilty; and shot the same evening.
Archbishop Makarios, President of the interim Cyprus Government, first mentioned the existence of the "people's courts" in an April 1 speech, when he threatened Britain with a civil disobedience campaign unless an agreement was reached on the protracted negotiations over the size of military bases on the island when Cyprus attains Independence.