For the first time since Cyprus gained independence in 1960, police on Monday (15 January) found it necessary to use teargas to control a demonstration which had got out of hand.
For the first time since Cyprus gained independence in 1960, police on Monday (15 January) found it necessary to use teargas to control a demonstration which had got out of hand. Hundreds of secondary-school students demonstrating against their government's policy of seeking a settlement with the breakaway Turkish Cypriot community....rather than continuing the Enosis campaign for union with Greece....had been marching with banners through Nicosia. The demonstration got out of hand when a scuffle broke out after a banner had been hurled at a nearby policeman. The students had almost reached the Parliament buildings when police threw canisters of teargas to disperse them. In the fighting which followed many windows were broken and some of the police and students had to receive hospital treatment after being overcome by the teargas.
SYNOPSIS: Secondary school students in Nicosia, released from their schools on Monday to mark the 23rd anniversary of a plebiscite in which Greek Cypriot voted overwhelmingly for reunion with Greece, demonstrated noisily through their city with banners and flags. Many of the young demonstrators were believed to have been whipped-up by Eoka youth leaflets distributed among them.
The city's duty police had difficulty controlling the demonstration, and scuffles broke out after a banner had been hurled at them.
For the first time since independence in 1960, riot police used teargas to disperse and quintan the youths. Both police and students suffered as the canisters were tossed back and forth.
The demonstration had been heading for the nearby Parliament buildings when the trouble flared up. The students were ??? to show the government how strongly they felt about its policy to pursue a settlement with the breakaway Turkish Cypriot community.