• Short Summary

    Supporters and former members of EOKA -- the National Organisation of Cypriot Fighters -- marched through the streets of Athens on Sunday (8 April) to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the EOKA uprising which gained Cyprus its independence from British rule.

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    Supporters and former members of EOKA -- the National Organisation of Cypriot Fighters -- marched through the streets of Athens on Sunday (8 April) to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the EOKA uprising which gained Cyprus its independence from British rule.

    A large crowd first sang a Te Deum of thanksgiving hymn in Athens Cathedral and then, led by the Athens municipal band, marched to the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior to lay a laurel wreath in memory of EOKA members who died during the uprising.

    The gesture was thought by many observers to be an expression of support for General George Grivas, who has been accused by Cyprus's President Makarios of conducting a campaign of violence in Cyprus in order to achieve the original EOKA aim -- 'Enosis' or union with Greece.

    Hundreds of bomb-explosions and many armed raids on police-stations have occurred in Cyprus during the past month or so -- apparently at the instigation of General Grivas.

    Early on Sunday, 32 bombs exploded on the Cyprus south-coast towns of Paphos, Limassol and Larnaca. This Production shows wreckage being cleared away in Paphos, the scene of 25 of the explosions. It is not only the number of the explosions that is significant -- for the first time President Makarios issued a statement soon after the explosions, admitting that his supporters were responsible for the blasts.

    SYNOPSIS: Members of the Cypriot community in Athens marched through the streets of the Greek capital on Sunday.

    Led by the Athens municipal band, the procession wound its way to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Here the President of the Cypriot community laid a wreath in memory of the men who died during the EOKA uprising in Cyprus -- the uprising that eighteen years ago finally brought the Mediterranean island its independence from British rule.

    The crowd celebrating the uprising's anniversary were all supporters or former members of the nationalist EOKA organisation. But, for them, the struggle did not end eighteen years ago. The original EOKA aim was not only independence. The Greek Cypriots also wanted 'Enosis', or union with Greece, and EOKA is now trying to achieve this be a renewed outbreak of violence in Cyprus itself.

    Early on Sunday, a total of thirty-two bombs exploded in the Cyprus south-coast towns of Paphos, Limassol and Larnaca. Twenty-five of the bombs exploded here in Paphos, destroying private houses and shops. No lives were lost, but thousands of pounds-worth of stock was damaged.

    Two bombs were planted in the town's army officer's Mess, damaging the entrance and roof. Many of the officers using the mess were once EOKA members.

    Some of the explosions were so powerful that pieces of wrecked cars were flung onto nearby rooftops.

    The significance of the explosions is not only in their great number. For the first time, President Makarios has issued a statement admitting that the bombs were planted by his own supporters, and not by supporters of EOKA-leader General George Grivas. Now President Makarios himself has warned of civil was if the violence continues.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACDTFIH3ZH34R72A2U0RH6N0BJ
    Media URN:
    VLVACDTFIH3ZH34R72A2U0RH6N0BJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/04/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
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