More than 15,000 people jammed the centre of Limassol yesterday (29 September) calling for the return of deposed Greek-Cypriot President Makarios.
More than 15,000 people jammed the centre of Limassol yesterday (29 September) calling for the return of deposed Greek-Cypriot President Makarios. Fears that the demonstrators might be involved in violent clashes with the underground Eoka B organisation didn't materialise.
Earlier, the Geek Cypriot Government had appealed for restraint by both Archbishop Makarios's supporters and the extreme rightwing Eoka, B, which has its traditional base in Limassol.
Yesterday's rally, organised with left-wing and union support, had been preceded by several days of tension in Limassol. and there had been five explosions the previous morning.
During the rally, the main street and central square had been packed with Makarios supporters, and for two hours they stayed there calling for the return of the Archbishop, who was deposed by the rightwing coup on 15 July.
SYNOPSIS: For more than two hours, the Makarios supporters packed Limassol's main street and square. Among the soeakers was the city's Mayor, Mr. Kolakides.
Despite fears of violence -- and a series of explosions the previous day -- the rally passed off without any clashes. The Archbishop was disposed by the right-wing coup in Cyprus last July. Despite the violent opposition of Eoka B, he still has the support of many Greek-Cyprots. And he recently said he hopes to return to the island during October, even though the present government is alarmed that his return could provoke bloodshed.