Greek-Cypriot anti-American feeling exploded into violence on Cyprus on Monday (19 August) in a demonstration outside the U.
Greek-Cypriot anti-American feeling exploded into violence on Cyprus on Monday (19 August) in a demonstration outside the U.S. embassy in Nicosia which resulted in the death of the U.S. Ambassador.
Ambassador Rodger Davies, a 53-year-old diplomat and Middle East expert, feel mortally wounded when a mob stormed the Embassy, apparently furious at the U.S. failure to stop the Turkish advance in Cyprus.
About a thousand demonstrators were involved, some armed with sub-machine guns and grenades. A number of shots were fired through the Embassy windows, one striking the Ambassador in the chest.
Acting Cyprus President Glafkos Clerides went to the Embassy when news of the attack reached him. He condemned the demonstrators and dencunced the shooting.
Three men were later arrested for questioning in connection with the shooting but two were released on Wednesday (21 August). The third man is still being held by police who say they are continuing their investigation.
Ambassador Davies, a widower with two children, only officially took up his Cyprus post a week before the coup overthrowing Archbishop Makarios. His body was flown to the United States on Tuesday (20 August).