Only hours before left wing demonstrators ended their vigil outside the British Embassy in Athens on Thursday night (23 January), the composer, Mikis Theodorakis gave an impromptu concert for them to show support.
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Background: Only hours before left wing demonstrators ended their vigil outside the British Embassy in Athens on Thursday night (23 January), the composer, Mikis Theodorakis gave an impromptu concert for them to show support. The demonstrators began their siege at the Embassy last Saturday to protest over Britain's decision to allow Turkish Cypriot refugees to return to Turkey. They were airlifted from the British base at Akrotiri to an airport in southern Turkey.
About 200 students took part in the siege of the Embassy. At the start of the vigil the demonstrators burned an embassy car, smashed windows and doors and daubed the walls with anti-British slogans.
The demonstrations were not aimed only at Britain. The students also carried anti-American posters accusing the United States, Britain and Turkey of collusion to allow the Turkish Cypriots to leave Cyprus.