As security forces rounded up rebel sympathizers in Cyprus on Sunday (29 July), President Makarios was busy in his role as Church leader.
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GV Crowds cheering Makarios and Bishop as they cross church grounds (3 shots)
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Background: As security forces rounded up rebel sympathizers in Cyprus on Sunday (29 July), President Makarios was busy in his role as Church leader. The Archbishop ignored threats of further violence and went to the town of Paphos, where he enthroned a new bishop.
However, even that had political undertones. The new man -- Bishop Chysostomos -- replaces 83-year-old Bishop Yennadios, who was de-frocked earlier this month. Bishop Yennadios was one of three rebels who tried unsuccessfully to unseat Archbishop Makarios.
The enthronement ceremony was elaborate -- and so were the security precautions. More than 60 explosions have rocked Cyprus in the last few days, so authorities were not taking any chances. Security guards lined rooftops; armed guards were on the ground. However, there were no disturbances. Thousands of people chanted pro-Makarios slogans, and hailed the new Bishop, as the two men walked through the central square of the town.
In the security round-up, 21 people have so far been detained. The clamp-down follows the kidnapping of Justice Minister Christos Vakis of Friday night (27 July). There is still no word of the Minister, assumed to be in the hands of rebel leader, General George Grivas.
Observers think the kidnapping could be linked with a crisis in the Cypriot Orthodox Church. They say General Grivas may have been attempting to disrupt the election of the new Bishop.