As the spate of bomb outrages continued in Nicosia yesterday (Friday, August 24), the wife and mother of the kidnapped Cypriot Minister of Justice led a march of 500 Greek Cypriot women through the capital -- demanding an end to the current violence.
LV People outside bomb-damaged shop
SV INT Badly damaged barber's shop (2 shots)
SV & GV People look at debris and broken glass (2 shots)
LV Car wrecked by second bomb (2 shots)
SV Women prepare to march with banners, including one saying "Grivas is Criminal"
CU Banner inscribed "We will not allow Grivas to drown Cyprus in bloodshed"
STV Women marching with banners
SV & CU Mrs. Cleridoe (leg in plaster) at head of procession, Mrs. Helena Vakis (centre) and her mother-in-law Mrs. Sofia Vakis (on right) (2 shots)
SV & CU Women in procession (4 shots)
SV Women gathered outside Presidential Palace
SV & CU Makarios out of palace and waving to women (5 shots)
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Background: As the spate of bomb outrages continued in Nicosia yesterday (Friday, August 24), the wife and mother of the kidnapped Cypriot Minister of Justice led a march of 500 Greek Cypriot women through the capital -- demanding an end to the current violence.
Most of the slogans carried by the women condemned outright underground leader General George Grivas, the man blamed for the kidnapping of Justice Minister Christos Vakis. Mrs. Elena Vakis, the Minster's wife, and Mrs. Sofia Vakis, his mother, were joined at the head of the march by the wife of the House of representatives President Mrs. Lilo Clerides.
The march culminated at the Presidential Palace, where Archbishop Makasrios told the women: "We shall never be daunted by violence and terrorism." It was thought to be the first the that General Grivas had been openly condemned by the Greek Cypriot Community.
Two bomb explosions had rocked the city earlier in the day. The first damaged a barber's shop, the second wrecked a car. No casualties were reported.
SYNOPSIS: The spate of bomb outrages continued in Nicosia on Friday despite an appeal from Greek president George Papadopoulos for Greek Cypriot guerrillas to abandon their campaign for union with Greece. Friday's bombs wrecked a barber's shop and a car -- but there were no reports of casualties.
Surprising condemnation of the guerrilla leader, General George Grivas, came later in the day when a group of women marched through Nicosia. It was reportedly the first time General Grivas had been openly condemned by the Greek Cypriots.
The march was led by the wife of the kidnapped Justice Minister, Mrs. Elena Vakis -- in the centre -- his mother Mrs. Sofia Vakis -- on the right -- and Mrs. Lilo Clerides, the wife of the House of Representatives President. They demanded the immediate release of Justice Minister Vakis. And they called his captor, General Grivas, a criminal with plans to drown Cyprus in bloodshed. Some of the men watching the march applauded. Others seemed rather abashed that the women had taken the lead in condemning violent methods used by General Grivas' supporters.
The five-hundred women marchers completed their protest outside the Presidential Palace. There, Archbishop Makarios told them that the government would never give in to violence and terror attacks. And while this was happening in Nicosia, Government Security forces were continuing their major operation hunting for guerrillas in eastern Cyprus.