In Athens on Sunday (April 4), General George Grivas, Commander of the EOKA underground organisation which fought the British for the independence of Cyprus, called for a change of government on the island to achieve union with Greece.
TV PAN interior crowd rise and applaud as Grivas enters Acropol Theatre Hall
CU ENOSIS banner
SCU Grivas greeted by former Cyprus underground fighters
CU placard in Greek
CU ZOOM OUT Grivas being greeted by Cyprus youths.
SV & GV crowd seated (2 shots)
LV & CU Grivas speaks from platform
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N.B. Regret the absence of sound on this film. Visnews cameraman Angel Papazoglou was filming mute story of the rally when General Grivas arrived unexpectedly, and he had no time to return to this office for sound equipment.
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Background: In Athens on Sunday (April 4), General George Grivas, Commander of the EOKA underground organisation which fought the British for the independence of Cyprus, called for a change of government on the island to achieve union with Greece.
He told a rally held in Athens to mark EOKA8s 16th anniversary that ENOSIS (union with Greece) was the only solution to the Cyprus problem.
General Grivas, who has returned after a two year absence from the political arena, accused President Makarios of Makarios of working against the Union of Cyprus and Greece.
SYNOPSIS: In Athens on Sunday, General George Grivas, a former underground guerrilla leader against the British for the independence of Cyprus, made an unexpected appearance at a rally to mark the sixteenth anniversary of the Cyprus independence movement.
General Grivas was greeted by former Cyprus underground fighters and by Cypriot youths who supported his claim that ENOSIS, the union with Greece, was the only solution to the problems on the island today.
The 72-year old General told the rally, attended by more than two thousand people, that present circumstances in Cyprus called for brave, able and honest men to handle the Greek Union issue. He said that President Makarios had undermined all efforts to attain the union and called for a change of government in Cyprus.