Greek-Cypriot Socialist leader Vassos Lyssarides, who escaped an assassination attempt in Nicosia on Friday (August 30), was the following day appealing to his supporters not to aggravate the situation by planning revenge killings.
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Background: Greek-Cypriot Socialist leader Vassos Lyssarides, who escaped an assassination attempt in Nicosia on Friday (August 30), was the following day appealing to his supporters not to aggravate the situation by planning revenge killings.
Mr. Lyssarides made his appeal at the funeral of his chauffeur, Doros Loizou, who was killed in the assassination attack by four gunmen.
The funeral, at a small church on the outskirts of Nicosia, was a highly charged political event. Dr. Lyssarides' supporters roared their approval as he called for the return of ousted President Makarios. Some carried placards accusing the Eoka-B guerrilla organisation of plotting the assassination attempt.
Dr. Lyssarides fears that revenge attacks on Eoka-B by his own supporters could provoke warfare between the two factions. He nevertheless declared that unless the present government of Glafkos Clerides takes appropriate measures against the men who had tried to kill him, they would be considered accomplices.
after the funeral ceremonies, which included an emotional two mile processing from the scene of the shooting to the church, left-wingers marched back into central Nicosia chanting "Makarios, Makarios". No incidents were reported.