The first major clash between the extreme right and left wings of the Greek Cypriot national movement has taken place, and tonight the Cypriot people are apprehensive and bewildered.
The first major clash between the extreme right and left wings of the Greek Cypriot national movement has taken place, and tonight the Cypriot people are apprehensive and bewildered. Hardly had the tension roused by yesterday's Turkish demonstrations subsided when the news swept through the island last night that two political murders had been committed in the Famagusta district in villages some miles apart but in curiously similar circumstances.
Both victims were prominent members of the left-wing trade union, the Pan-Cyprian Labour Federation, and there is little doubt that the assailants were members of EOKA.
Today the Pan-Cyprian Labour Federation, which is loosely, but not inaccurately, described as Communist, declared a 48-hour strike throughout the island as a public protest against the murders. Even more significantly, the Larnica branch has sent a telegram of protest to Archbishop Makarios in Athens.
The greatest gathering and demonstration took place in Lyssi village, where a murder took place. A great crowd assembled in the village square. A black flag was raised and EOKA vociferously denounced.
Later in the day the demonstrator marched to the house of the deceased and attended the funeral rites. Security forces were present in Lyssi but took no action to suppress the demonstration except to prevent people coming in from surrounding villages and making the gathering too large to handle.