First film of the Cyprus coup has been received in London following the lifting of the ban on flights into and out of the island.
First film of the Cyprus coup has been received in London following the lifting of the ban on flights into and out of the island. Cameramen on Cyprus found difficulty filming events during the first day.
Despite the lifting of restrictions the full story of the events on the first day aren't clear. There's still no official death toll figure.
The Government of President Makarios was overthrown in a violent coup led by the Greek officers of the island's National Guard. First reports said the President was killed, but these were later proved wrong. Bitter fighting was reported for most of the day and sporadic firing continued late into the night. A 24 hour curfew was imposed.
Mr. Nicos Sampson, who spent time in a British gao for action against the British during the independence fighting of the 1950's was named by the coup leaders as the new President.
The coup resented Britain, Greece and Turkey with a major diplomatic problem. They signed an agreement after independence to come to the aid of the island in the event of its independence being threatened.
This film was shot soon after the outbreak of the fighting by the Visnews cameraman on the island. It was taken under extreme difficultly but captures the atmosphere of the first days.