Cyprus was paralyzed May 26 by a 24-hour General Strike, staged by all the island's trade unions - including the Turkish - in protest against what they regard as British indifference to the economic crisis and the growing unemployment problem.
GV Traffic in street.
LV Pulling shutters down on shop.
LV Shutters on closed shop.
LV Men through street on way to meeting.
LV TOWARDS.. Ditto with banners.
CU TOWARDS.. Ditto.
GV Men assembling in Solomos Square.
SV Union official addressing men.
LV Men listening.
CU Union official addressing men.
SV Men applaud.
GV Men marching in procession with various slogans towards secretariat building.
SV Men demonstrating outside secretariat building.
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Background: Cyprus was paralyzed May 26 by a 24-hour General Strike, staged by all the island's trade unions - including the Turkish - in protest against what they regard as British indifference to the economic crisis and the growing unemployment problem. Thousands of people gathered in Nicosia's Solomos Square to hear representatives of all trade unions blame Britain for the present situation, and demand that the British Government should immediately provide GBP2 million to create work for the unemployed.
Acting leader of the Pan-Cyprian Federation of Labour, M. Michaelides, told the assembled demonstrators that they should appeal to the United Nations, and added; "Also let us appeal to those countries which are prepared to give us aid without strings." This statement alluded to the Soviet Union's offer last year of financial and technical assistance.
Later some 1,000 strikers marched to the offices of the Government secretariat, where they presented a memorandum outlying their complaints and demands. Another demonstration was planned for May 27, with a march to the gates of Government House. Sir Hugh Foot, the Governor of Cyprus, agreed to meet trade union leaders May 27 to discuss unemployment.
Recent British Government announcements that new building works will soon be launched in the area of Dhekelia and Akrotiri bases, with contracts totalling GBP2 million, has seemingly made little impression upon the trade union leaders. They say that Britain is deliberately exploiting the situation to force Archbishop Makarios to settle the bases dispute.
The General Secretary of the Labour Federation, M. Ziartides, left the island last week for Moscow and Peking. His purpose was to attend the World Federation of Trade Unions in Peking, but on the way he would confer in Moscow with Soviet leaders.