Troops of the Lancashire Fusiliers, filmed here, "frisked" youths with grim thoroughness on the third day of violence against the British partnership plan for Cyprus when a tight curfew was imposed on Nicosia.
Troops of the Lancashire Fusiliers, filmed here, "frisked" youths with grim thoroughness on the third day of violence against the British partnership plan for Cyprus when a tight curfew was imposed on Nicosia. Vehicles were stopped and all corners searched for hidden weapons. Buses, too. One passenger was made to stand against a wall until completely cleared over a suspect bottle he was carrying. This is the air of suspicious tension pervading the island now. The Visnews staff cameraman on the spot was warned by police not to venture into Ledra Street. He went down by car, however, and got this tracking shot of the near-deserted "Murder Mile".
It was on Friday that Archbishop Makarios in Athens sent a message to Greek Cypriots to "react vigorously" against the British plan, which came into affect October 1. He urged them, "Fight for your hearths and homes". Greek feel that the partnership plan puts the small 17 per cent. Turkish population on an equal footing with their 80 per cent, majority.
Meanwhile, 40 miles away, Famagusta was plunged into disorder on one of the island's blackest days. The shooting in the back of two British Service men's wives brought about an unequalled feeling of hatred and reprisal. One woman, mother of five children, died in the street, shot twice after she had fallen. The other is seriously ill. In a mass round-up of suspects, carried out with unprecedented bitterness, nearly 1,000 people were questioned. A Government statement admits that, of 650 Cypriots arrested, 250 received injuries. Three Cypriots died during the operations, a youth aged 18, a man aged 35 and a girl (13), who is said to have died of heart failure after running home on hearing the curfew siren. An official inquiry is being conducted into Greek-Cypriots ???ambushes throughout the island.
In Paris today, October 6, NATO talks on Cyprus resumed, but little hope was being held out for M. Spaak's round-table conference plan.