In Cyprus, on Jan. 15th: a demonstration in the streets of Nicosia against President Makarios' policies, which created the Republic of Cyprus, with its Greek and Turkish communities, instead of union with Greece.
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Background: In Cyprus, on Jan. 15th: a demonstration in the streets of Nicosia against President Makarios' policies, which created the Republic of Cyprus, with its Greek and Turkish communities, instead of union with Greece. And there was violence when pro-Makarios supporters intervened.
The demonstrators -- members of a group called the Pan Cypriot Union of Former EOKA fighters -- met to hear speeches from their leaders, and then marched to the Greek Embassy, carrying banners attacking the Zurich agreement and calling for "Enosis", or union with Greece, -- the cause which has fallen by the wayside under President Makarios' policies.
On the way to the Embassy, the Makarios supporters attacked the marchers, and broke up some of their banners. As the marchers returned from the Embassy -- along streets where many of the EOKA terrorist murders occurred before independence -- there were further fights with the pro-Makarios group. There were some injuries, but the crowd dispersed after police spoke to leaders on both sides.
The march -- the first big anti-Makarios demonstration of its kind -- was held on the anniversary of the 1950 plebiscite in which it was claimed that 98 per cent of the Greek population voted in favour of union with Greece.