Title: CYPRUS 1974 days of disaster
Photographer(s): Doros Partassides
Writer(s):Andros Pavlides, Dimitris Andreou
Designer(s): Miki Phinikarides
Publisher(s): Unknown Publisher
Language(s): Greek, English
Size: 24,5 x 31 cm
Nation(s) and year(s) of Protest: Cyprus,1974
In August 1960 Cyprus became a republic but, in the following decades, it was plagued with violence between the Greek and Turkish communities. In 1974 a Greek military coup, which aimed to unite the island with mainland Greece, led to a Turkish invasion and the division of the island between Turkish Northern Cyprus and the Greek Cypriot Republic of Cyprus. Cyprus remains divided to this day.
This book is an account of a tragedy. It is also the story of a conspiracy. An attempt was made to dissolve a sovereign state, a member of the United Nations. The means were not important. Only the success of the operation was important. Four thousand dead, pratically as many missing, 220 thousand refugees, raping and looting, and 40% of Cyprus territory under Turkish occupation: that was the price. Did the conspiracy succeed?
What happened in Cyprus was a criminal act against all humanity. Who is to blame?
Whoever it is, it is not the Cypriot people.
Still we believe that one day when we throw the Turkish invaders out, Greek and Turkish Cypriot will live in peace, side by side, in an independent state.
Frome the text of D. Andreou