Nicosia's municipal market was badly damaged in two rapid Turkish raids today. The raids occurred?
Nicosia's municipal market was badly damaged in two rapid Turkish raids today. The raids occurred during the morning and afternoon lifting-hours of the curfew. Greek shops inside the market were damaged.
According to eye-witness accounts the damaged seemed the greater because of the goods lying all over the floor. Much food and produce was trampled by the mob. Troops maintaining the "line" which divides the Greek and Turkish quarters within a few yards of the market were on the spot within a few minutes.
In view of these events, and fires in Greek property in the Turkish quarter, Britons who have been here some time are somewhat surprised at the lifting of the curfew so early in the morning. More Turkish attacks are expected.
An EOKA operation has called for 20,000 Greeks to rally against the Turks and retaliate strongly. In many villages Greeks had anticipated the order and formed vigilante squads. These are now being organised in the towns. The operation order said: "So far our struggle has been one of national liberation. Now, in the face of the Turkish danger, we must mobilise to protect the last morsel of Greek soil in Cyprus."
Gossip is the greatest danger today, apparently. Both Greeks and Turks magnified the smallest incidents into major ones in a matter of minutes. Information officers spent more time denying such reports than confirming facts. Sir Hugh Foot, the Governor, has himself given a warning about spreading false rumours: "The Government will not hesitate to take whatever action is necessary, however drastic, to prevent the renewal of communal violence," he said.