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    Thousand of Greek-Cypriot refugees staged a mass anti-British protest march through the streets of Nicosia on Wednesday (25 February).

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    Thousand of Greek-Cypriot refugees staged a mass anti-British protest march through the streets of Nicosia on Wednesday (25 February).
    The demonstrators were protesting against British Foreign Secretary, Mr. James Callaghan's statement that the Cypriot Constitution had been "non-existent since 1963".
    Mr. Callaghan made the statement during a meeting in London with member of the British parliamentary select committee on Cyprus last week.
    Demonstrators marched through the streets carrying placards reading "British bases out", "British MPs don't intensify your struggle against Cypriot people" and "NATO, CIA and British forces are against the interests of Cypriots".
    The march was stopped before it reached the British High Commission .. its ultimate aim. Cypriot and United Nations (UN) police told the protesters that it would be dangerous to go further because of the presence of Turkish occupation forces.
    A deputation was allowed to proceed to hand a protest petition to British High Commissioner, Mr. McDonald Gordon.
    SYNOPSIS: Thousands of Greek-Cypriot refugees staged a mass anti-British march through the streets of Nicosia on Wednesday. The refugees were protesting against a statement made by British Foreign Secretary, Mr. James Callaghan to a meeting of the British parliamentary select committee on Cyprus in London last week. Mr. Callaghan told the committee that the Cypriot Constitution had been "non-existent since 1963". The demonstrators carried banners reading "British based out"; "British MPs don't intensify your struggle against Cypriot people" and "NATO, CIA and British forces against the interests of Cypriot people".
    The marchers' ultimate goal was the British High Commission. However, Cypriot and United Nations police halted them before they could reach the building. March organisers were advised of the danger of continuing because of the presence of Turkish occupation forces. However, a small deputation was allowed through police ranks to the High Commission. They presented protest petition to British High Commissioner Mr. McDonald Gordon.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA2PR84G45YA1M18S14B7S1UE4
    Media URN:
    VLVAA2PR84G45YA1M18S14B7S1UE4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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