Student demonstrators stormed into the compound of the British Embassy in Athens on Saturday (18 January) in protest against Britain's alleged pro-Turkish policy in Cyprus.
GV Demonstrators marching through streets carrying banners
CU Banner with caricature of Kissinger
GV Demonstrators marching toward police cordon at British Embassy (2 shots)
GV Demonstrators climbing on to roof (3 shots)
GV Police holding back other demonstrators
CU Demonstrators attacking embassy coat-of-arms
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Background: Student demonstrators stormed into the compound of the British Embassy in Athens on Saturday (18 January) in protest against Britain's alleged pro-Turkish policy in Cyprus. Similar demonstrations also took place in Cyprus.
The protest began on Friday (17 January) following the evacuation of Turkish-Cypriot refugees from Akrotiri - the British sovereign base on the island. The main protest on Saturday was, however, over the death of a Greek-Cypriot youth during an anti-British demonstration outside the base.
Police prevented the Greek and Greek-Cypriot students -- about 2,000 of them -- from setting fire to the building.
About 200 demonstrators remained outside the building and the rest marched to the American Embassy where they shouted slogans against United States policy.
Later that day, the Greek Government issued a statement calling on the students to end their demonstrations. It declared that "any act of violence is unacceptable, however just are the motives which provoke it".