Greek Cypriot teachers and public servants went on strike on Tuesday (6 April), to protest at the proposed military and financial agreement between the USA and Turkey.
SV demonstrators marching through streets with banners.
CU demonstrators marching
SV US embassy
MV demonstrators PAN TO police
CU demonstrators with banners and placards.
CU demonstrators removing barrier
MV demonstrators outside embassy gateway
CU Fire in street PAN UP TO American flag.
Demonstrators climbing over fence as Cypriot flag replaces US flag
MCU demonstrators tear US flag
MV smoke pours from embassy ground
SV rioters running from tear gas bombs (2 shots)
SV demonstrators chased by police and caught
SV police throwing tear gas into crowds
Initials RH1931 RH/JB/DE/2000
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Greek Cypriot teachers and public servants went on strike on Tuesday (6 April), to protest at the proposed military and financial agreement between the USA and Turkey.
In Nicosia, demonstrators made repeated attacks on the US embassy. But police and US marines using teargas, eventually repelled the demonstrators.
Some of the crowd, mostly students, managed to climb over the embassy fence. They pulled down the US flag and hoisted a Cypriot one in its place.
In August 1974, US ambassador Roger Davies was shot dead by unknown, gunmen when crowds stormed the embassy. That demonstration was against America's failure to stop the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.
Under the proposed agreement between the USA and Turkey, American military bases in Turkey, will reopen. Turkey closed down the bases in July 1975 after the USA imposed an embargo on arms to Turkey. This was eased, but not completely lifted, in October, 1975.
If the agreement is approved by the American Congress, the US will grant Turkey 1,000 million dollars (500 million pounds) worth of military aid and loans.
The Cyprus government has deplored the proposals. It has expressed fears that Turkey's stand on Cyprus would become more intransigent and would make a solution of the Problem there more difficult.
SYNOPSIS: A proposed military aid agreement between the United States and Turkey triggered off demonstrations by Greek Cypriots in Nicosia, on Tuesday. The demonstrations coincided with a strike by teachers and public servants - also protesting at the proposed agreement.
The United States embassy suffered repeated attacks by the demonstrators. In August, 1974, the American ambassador Roger Davies was shot dead by unknown gunmen when crowds stormed the embassy. They crowds had been protesting at the United States failure to intervene when Turkey invaded Cyprus.
But this time the demonstrators wanted simply to remove the American flag that was flying on the embassy grounds. A group of people - mostly students - managed to climb over the fence and replace the flag with a Cypriot one.
Under the proposed agreement between the United States and Turkey, american military bases in Turkey - closed in July 1975 - will reopen. The bases had been closed after the United States imposed an arms embargo, on Turkey. The agreement - if approved by the American Congress - will also include 1,000 million dollars worth of military aid and loans to Turkey.
The Cyprus government said it has deplored the proposals. It fears that the Turkish stand on Cyprus will become more intransigent and make a solution to the problem there more difficult. Turkish forces occupy about 40 percent of Cyprus at present