Turkish-Cypriot refugees reacted violently to a planned goodwill visit by President Makarios to their refugee camps yesterday (Tuesday).
GV Demonstrators marching
SV Demonstrators boarding lorry
LV Burning jeep
LV RAF helicopter overhead
LV Demonstrators on lorry blocking road
LV Fire tender arrives, UN soldier in foreground
CU Policeman walks forward
GV Demonstrators disperse
LV PAN Turkish refugee camp on British base
LV AND CU Old woman in tent (2 shots)
LV People cutside tents (6 shots)
SV AND CU Woman and child collecting water (3 shots)
"This is a reaction against him, because he is the person who was for so many years the reason for the destruction of these people."
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Background: Turkish-Cypriot refugees reacted violently to a planned goodwill visit by President Makarios to their refugee camps yesterday (Tuesday).
The Archbishop had been due to visit two camps at Episkopi, the sovereign British base near Limassol. But a crowd of demonstrators blocked the road and set fire to a Land Rover, shouting anti-Makarios slogans. In consequence, the President's visit to the base was cancelled.
One of the leaders of the refugees summed up their feelings:
The President's planned visit to the second refugee camp was cancelled.
SYNOPSIS: Turkish-Cyprict refugees, living at two camps on a British base in Cyprus, demonstrated on Tuesday against an impending visit by President Makarios. Here at Paramali Camp, on Britain's Episcopi base, the demonstrators succeeded in blocking the road and preventing the Archbishop from reaching the camp. He did in fact visit the second camp, but was met with a hostila stone-throwing crowd. Here the demonstrators set fire to a Land Rover to block the road.
British security was tight as one of the refugee leaders described their feelings about President Makarios.
The refugees fled to the British bases when their nearby villages came under attack following the Turkish invasion in July. They now demand to be sent to the Turkish-occupied north of the island, rather than be returned to their homes.
There are nearly ten-thousand refugees at the two camps, and they're angry with both the British and with the Makarios administration because they are being prevented from moving to the north. Britain has said that the transfer of the refugees must depend on an overall political settlement between the two divided communities President Makarios's visit, however, was intended as a gosture of goodwill. It was his first effort at direct contact with the Turkish-Cypriots since he returned to the island earlier, in December after five months of axile.