In Cyprus, left wing demonstrators held a parade on Friday (2 April) in protest at United States policy in El Salvador.
CU Anti-U.S. banners (4 shots)
GV Demonstrators picking up banners at start of march
GV Demonstration leader speaking to marchers through loud-hailer
GV Marchers passing through streets, and police standing by (5 shots)
GV American flag at U.S. embassy (2 shots)
SV Demonstrators handing petition to Embassy official as other demonstrators watch
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Background: In Cyprus, left wing demonstrators held a parade on Friday (2 April) in protest at United States policy in El Salvador. The march was organised by a group of left wing Cypriot trade unions. It was held in the Greek section of the capital, Nicosia. The protestors marched through Nicosia's Eleftheria (Freedom) Square towards the U.S. Embassy. They later handed a written protest to a member of the embassy staff. Many protestors carried pro-Palestinian placards as well. Outside the embassy they chanted "NATO, CIA, Treason". Cyprus has several left wing groups, including a powerful Communist Party with more than 14,000 members and a strong position in the country's parliament. Anti-U.S. feeling has been particularly strong since the division of the island in 1974, many leftists blaming the Greek coup and the subsequent Turkish invasion on the United States.