Students carrying anti-Makarios slogans demonstrated in the streets of Nicosia on Sunday as a major legal battle loomed in Cyprus.
SV & CU demonstrators marching with placards (3 shots)
SV protest leader speaking through megaphone
SV PAN demonstrators chanting
GV demonstrators chanting
SV police standing by
SV & LV demonstration moves along.
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Background: Students carrying anti-Makarios slogans demonstrated in the streets of Nicosia on Sunday as a major legal battle loomed in Cyprus. The trouble centres on the deportation of a Cypriot-born naturalised Greek, who was accused -- and later cleared -- of attempting to assassinate President Makarios in March.
Thirty-two-year-old Costas Ioannides was deported to Greece on Saturday because, according to a government spokesman, he was a danger to law and order. Last month, Ioannides was cleared in Nicosia of conspiracy and the attempted assassination of President Makarios.
Though lawyers representing Ioannides obtained a temporary court injunction forbidding his deportation, the Cyprus authorities still put him on a flight to Athens. The lawyers are claiming that the deportation was illegal and have applied for the indictment of government ministers, officials and police allegedly involved.
While the High Court met to consider the matter on Sunday, the students took to the streets chanting 'We want justice". Police guarded the court buildings, but eh demonstration broke up without violence.