Several hundred angry Greek-Cypriots took part in a protest in Nicosia on June 9 to demonstrate against the Turkish occupation of homes abandoned by Greeks after the island was invaded by Turkey ten years ago.
GV Protesters collecting banners for march in protest against the Turkish occupation of Greek houses in Famagusta
SVs PAN Demonstrators holding banners and assembling for start of march (2 shots)
SVs Deputy Mayor of Famagusta, Prodamos Patavassiliou, addressing crowd in Greek (3 shots)
SVs Demonstrators with banners marching towards Presidential Palace (3 shots)
GV & SVs Protesters arriving and gathering outside palace (3 shots)
SVs President Kyprianou speaking to protesters (GREEK SOT) (3 shots)
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Background: Several hundred angry Greek-Cypriots took part in a protest in Nicosia on June 9 to demonstrate against the Turkish occupation of homes abandoned by Greeks after the island was invaded by Turkey ten years ago. The houses are in the port of Famagusta, in the north of the island. After the occupation of northern Cyprus most of the port's sizeable Greek community moved out. The divisions between the island's two communities deepened in November last year when the Turkish community declared their territory an independent state. On June 6 this year Dr Nesti Mumir, who was appointed Foreign Minister of the unrecognised state, confirmed that thirteen Turkish-Cypriot refugees had been settled in a previously abandoned Greek section of Famagusta. The news caused outraged among Greek-Cypriots in demonstration three days later.The demonstrators, who had gathered Freedom Square, were led by the Deputy Mayor of Famagusta, Prodamos Patavassiliou, who warned that the resettlement decision could endanger efforts by the United Nations to find a solution to the Cyprus problem. Some of the protesters carried banners accusing Turkey of starting a second invasion of Greek Cyprus. The march ended outside the gates of the Presidential Palace where a deputation was allowed inside to hand in a petition to President Kyprianou.