Greek Cypriot students marched through the streets of Athens on Sunday (April 2) to mark the 17th anniversary of EOKA's campaign in 1955 against British rule in Cyprus.
LV & SV Marchers parting behind municipal band and Greek flags (3 shots)
GV Marchers assembled by Unknown Warriors tomb (2 shots)
SV Former EOKA member lays wreath
CU Guard watches as other EOKA members and Cypriot students lay wreaths (2 shots)
LV Wreaths on tomb as speaker addresses crowd
LV Crowd kneeling and listening to speaker
LV Crowd rise and chant
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Background: Greek Cypriot students marched through the streets of Athens on Sunday (April 2) to mark the 17th anniversary of EOKA's campaign in 1955 against British rule in Cyprus.
The march -- after a special service in Athens Cathedral -- took the students and former members of EOKA to the Unknown Warriors' Tomb, where they laid wreaths in memory of those who died in the struggle for Enosis -- Union with Greece.
General George Grivas, who led that campaign, returned to Cyprus clandestinely from Athens seven months ago. He has been accused by the Cyprus government of plotting to overthrow the state in the cause of Enosis.
The Athens March came one day after the Cypriot President, Archbishop Makarios, pardoned several of General Grivas' supporters imprisoned, on trial or wanted by police for various offences -- some criminal, some political.
SYNOPSIS: Greek Cypriot students march from Athens Cathedral to the Unknown Warriors' Tomb... marking the seventeenth anniversary of the EOKA campaign against British rule in Cyprus. The Cathedral service on Sunday was attended by government officials, the Cypriot ambassador, students and former members of the organisation. EOKA began its campaign for ENOSIS -- Union with Greece -- in nineteen-fifty-five under the leadership of General George Grivas. It's a campaign that still can't be discounted: General Grivas returned to the Mediterranean island secretly just seven months ago -- and since then, he's been accused by the Cyprus government of plotting to overthrow the state in the cause of ENOSIS.
The wreath-laying ceremony came one day after Archbishop Makarios, the Cypriot President, said he'd pardon a number of General Grivas' supporters now in prison, on trial or wanted by police. On the same day as this ceremony, President Makarios watched Greed-Cypriot reservist officers in commando-style uniforms cheered at a similar parade in Nicosia, the Cyprus capital.
After laying wreaths on the tomb, the students listened to a series of speeches -- and then knelt down to swear their allegiance tot he ideals of ENOSIS.