Last night, on the occasion of the 137th Anniversary of the Greek Independence, Archbishop of Cyprus Makarios went down Piraeus on his return from Kalamata and addressed to its population.
A view of the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus and the crowds waiting outside since early in the afternoon.
Crowds before the theatre.
Shots of the Police trying to prevent the crowds from breaking into the theatre on Makarios' arrival.
Various shots of Makarios speaking to the Piraeus People inside the Theatre. Girls wearing local and cypriot costumes are seen all around Makarios at the scene of the theatre. (in between a shot of the crowds in the theatre).
Crowds and students outside the theatre seen screaming "Enosis" and "Eoka" (some shots), listening Makarios' speech through loud-speakers.
PS: We attach herewith a tape in which part of Makrios' speech has been recorded. You may use in as sound. The screams are from people outside the theatre and the applause inside. The song of the girls was sung while Makarios was proceeding on the scene to deliver his speech. You can hear the fanatical crowds shouting "E-E-E-nosis", etc.
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Background: Last night, on the occasion of the 137th Anniversary of the Greek Independence, Archbishop of Cyprus Makarios went down Piraeus on his return from Kalamata and addressed to its population. Some 20.000 people waited since 18 hours to hear Makarios, while the Municipal theatre of Piraeus (inside and outside) was full up of fanatical crowds. Makarios arrived at 19 hours cheered with screams of "Enosis" and "EOKA" and after a patriotic cypriot song, sung by girls of the Piraeus Gymnasium, he begun his speech which thrilled the crowds inside and outside the theatre. Makarios, after reminding the heroism of the Greeks of 1821 against the Turks and after paying tribute to the deads of all the wars of Greece for Independence, said: "Inspite all our sacrifices to the Cause of Freedom of the World, inspite all promises of our Allies, North Epirus (Note : he means South Albania) and Cyprus remain still off the greek national borders". And continued : "We want to be Free, masters of our destiny, masters of our future and that of our sons in Cyprus; and inspite the tactics and the interests of the colonialists the day is near that the struggle of the Cyprus People will prevail, for it remains faithful to its principles and the rightness of its heroic Cause". Makarios was interrupted during his speech by the crowds shouting "E-E-E-NOSIS" and "E-O-KA". It is believed anyhow in Athens that his address was inspired by a certain moderation.