• Short Summary

    Tension rose today as 35,000 Left-wing trade unionists struck to protest against the murder of two of their members by the Cypriot EOKA organisation.

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    Tension rose today as 35,000 Left-wing trade unionists struck to protest against the murder of two of their members by the Cypriot EOKA organisation.

    An EOKA pamphlet, admitting the killings, called on members of the Pan Cyprian Federation of Labour to ignore the strike call, saying the murders were justified because the two men were "traitors."
    The federation council, meanwhile, protested to exiled Archbishop Makarios in Athens that the EOKA attacks were directed against the trade union movement. It sought his intervention to prevent deterioration of the situation "which might lead to civil war."
    This morning's EOKA leaflet denied the dead men's association with the trade union movement had anything to do with their death. "They were punished in the same way all traitors are punished.- without any reference to their party allegiances or ideas." It added that to strike would be declaring support for the traitors.

    The demonstration march through the streets of Nicosia in protest against the killings went of peacefully. But a smaller march by 200 Leftists in the city of Larnaca resulted in a handful of arrests after the breaking of a number of shop windows.

    Cyprus Governor Sir Hugh Foot issued a statement denouncing violence on the island and calling for Cypriots to aid security forces to combat it.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC3BJRGC3DZFOU7NMHWM0JS2ZA
    Media URN:
    VLVAC3BJRGC3DZFOU7NMHWM0JS2ZA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/05/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
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    N/A

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