Greek-Cypriot anti-American feeling exploded into violence today (August 19) when the United States Ambassador to Cyprus was killed as shots were fired at his Embassy by angry demonstrators.
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The shooting happened after a thousand demonstrators massed outside the American Embassy this morning. Anti-American slogans were being chanted and two explosions were heard. The first was a pipe bomb thrown at a car in the Embassy grounds. The second blast was caused by a match pushed into a car petrol tank. Columns of smoke enveloped the Embassy, and witnesses say they saw Greek National Guardsmen open fire. American marines guarding the Embassy fired back. The acting President of Cyprus, Mr. Clerides arrived hurriedly on the scene wearing a gas-mask. Moments later, he was pushed into a car and driven away. Then followed a wounded man brought out on a stretcher. Two United Nations tanks moved in to help disperse the crowd.
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Background: Greek-Cypriot anti-American feeling exploded into violence today (August 19) when the United States Ambassador to Cyprus was killed as shots were fired at his Embassy by angry demonstrators.
Ambassador Rodger Davis, a 53-year-old diplomat and Middle East expert, fell mortally wounded when a mob of Greek-Cypriots stormed the Embassy, furious at the U.S. failure to stop the Turkish advance in Cyprus. It happened as Turkish forces reinforced positions only three miles (five kms) from the capital.
About a thousand demonstrators were involved, some armed with sub-machine guns and grenades. Some were seen firing point blank through Embassy windows.
Mr. Davis was hit in the chest by a bullet passing through his office window. A woman Greek-Cypriot secretary ran to help him, was hit by another bullet and died instantly.
Acting Cyprus President Glafkos Clerides had been holding a press conference when news of the attack reached him. He immediately went to the Embassy, where the mortally wounded Mr. Davis was being escorted to a Nicosia clinic.
Mr. Clerides was among the first of several leaders to denounce the shooting -- he referred to it as "an atrocious crime."
Ambassador Davis, a widower with two children, only officially took up his post in Cyprus one week before the coup overthrowing Archbishop Makarios.
Coverage includes commentary by British Broadcasting Corporation reporter Mike McKay, transcribed overpage with an on-camera introduction.
SYNOPSIS: Anti-American feeling among Greek Cypriots exploded into violence on Monday. With Turkish troop only three miles from Nicosia, Greek-Cypriots demonstrated outside the U.S. Embassy. Shooting started, and Ambassador Rodger David and a secretary were killed in their office. A report from the Embassy siege.