President Makarios of Cyprus addressed a crowd of about 20,000 Greek-Cypriots form the battle-scarred balcony of the Presidential Palace in Nicosia on Tuesday (15 July) during celebrations of the first anniversary of the coup by the National Guard which toppled him from power a year ago.
GV PAN Mass crowd shouting, clapping and waving banners outside old Presidential Palace
SV PAN Makarios arriving though crowd and walks up to microphone
CU Makarios addressing crowd
GV Crowd chanting
CU Makarios speaking
GV ZOOM OUT Crowd applauding and waving banners
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Background: President Makarios of Cyprus addressed a crowd of about 20,000 Greek-Cypriots form the battle-scarred balcony of the Presidential Palace in Nicosia on Tuesday (15 July) during celebrations of the first anniversary of the coup by the National Guard which toppled him from power a year ago. The coup had been inspired by the now deposed Greek junta in Athens.
The crowd broke into wild cheers when he told them that they had shown determination not to bow to Turkish violence. "Today's mass gatherings" he said, "are a manifestation of disapproval and a verdict of condemnation of the criminal July 15 coup which borough about our national calamity".
The coup forced President Makarios to flee the island, led to the invasion by Turkey, and brought about the downfall of the Greek junta. The Turkish invaders divided the island, moving almost half the total of 130,000 Turkish-Cypriots from the southern areas of the island dominated by the Greek-Cypriots, to the occupied northern sectors.
On their side of the ceasefire line, the Greek-Cypriots halted all work during the day's celebrations in order to attend rallies deploring the coup. The crowds first gathered in the newly named Liberty Square, before marching to the Presidential Place which was almost completely destroyed by tanks during the coup. Many of the demonstrators waved banners proclaiming "Cyprus has fallen because of the Anglo-American imperialists" and "We love Cyprus".
A Turkish-Cypriot spokesman told reporters that his community has suffered at the hands of the Greek-Cypriots for the past eleven years, and ??? now assured of protection and security by the Turkish Army.