A protest meeting by students in the Soviet Union on Thursday (18 July) called on the United Nations Security Council to intervene in Cyprus.
GV PAN FORM SIGN to audience applauding. (2 Shots)
SV PAN FORM SIGNS and banners to Mr. Andreas Frantis speaking as students listen. (3 shots)
GV applause. (2 shots)
SV Professor Oleg Zhidkov speaking with students listening. (4 shots)
GV PULL OUT Standing ovation for speakers.
Initials VS 15.53 VS 16.06
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: A protest meeting by students in the Soviet Union on Thursday (18 July) called on the United Nations Security Council to intervene in Cyprus. The students at Moscow's Friendship University adopted a resolution demanding an end to "the criminal coup" against the Government of Archbishop Makarios. The students also voted in favour of deportation form the Island of the 650 Greek officers in the Cypriot National Guard.
Principal speaker at the rally was Mr. Andreas Frantis, ???eputy leader of the Cypriot Communist Party, who claimed the coup was planned form Athens, the Greek capital. He said the Greek Government aimed to impose "an anti-popular dictatorial regime" on the people of Cyprus.
Mr. Frantis denounced the elevation to the Presidency of Mr. Nikos Sampson, a supporter of the late General Grivas, the Eoka guerrilla leader. He said the swearing-in ceremony itself was illegal because it had been performed by a de-frocked bishop.
Another speaker, Professor Oleg Zhidkov, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Law at the university, said the Soviet people and Government denounced the coup. He also spoke of the solidarity felt by the Soviet people for the struggle of the Cypriots.