About 3,000 Cypriot students and schoolchildren swarmed through police lines in Nicosia yesterday (March 28) in a peaceful demonstration urging Archbishop Makarios to ignore demands by the island's three bishops to resign as President of the Republic.
GV Students with flags in Metaxas Square, Nicosia. (2 shots)
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GV Students in front of palace.
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Background: About 3,000 Cypriot students and schoolchildren swarmed through police lines in Nicosia yesterday (March 28) in a peaceful demonstration urging Archbishop Makarios to ignore demands by the island's three bishops to resign as President of the Republic.
Archbishop Makarios, who is not expected to make an early rap??? to the demands, has already rejected one call for his resignation. His full Presidential term of office ends in February new year.
The Greek Orthodox bishops -- from Pathos, Kitium and Kysnia -- say his two roles as Head of State and leader of the Church are incompatible. The President says they are not.
Cyprus has been in a state of turmoil over the issue for the past two months, with pro-and anti-Makarios demonstrators taking to the streets in all the main towns.
The demonstrators on Monday carried banners saying that "Makarios is the People - the Bishops are the Junta" -- reflecting a common belief among Greek Cypriots that the bishop' demand is inspired by the Greek government.
SYNOPSIS: For the past two months, the Mediterranean island of Cyprus has been in turmoil - with groups demonstrating both for and against the President, Archbishop Makarios.
The conflict is over the recent cell for Archbishop Makarios' resignation as Head of State. It was made by the three Greek Orthodox bishops on the island, who say the two roles should not fall to one man. The archbishop rejected the call. But last week, the bishops moved again -- this time DEMANDING his resignation. the President, whose official term of office ends next February, is not expected to make an early reply.
This demonstration, in Nicosia, the capital, was a peaceful one. Students and schoolchildren urged Archbishop Makarios to ignore the bishops' demands. And their placards insist that he represent the people. Many Greek Cypriots feel the bishops' demands have been inspired by the Greek government.
But as the students left the palace grounds, only one thing seemed certain; that until Archbishop Makarios makes his decision known, demonstrations both for and against him are likely to continue.