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Cypriots remember 1974 tragic events
Australian Cypriots will commemorate the 41st anniversary of the tragic events of 1974 in Cyprus. On 15 July 1974, the military junta of Greece, in collaboration with the Cypriot terrorist EOKA Bí organisation staged a military coup to overthrow the legitimate Cypriot Government of President Makarios. Hundreds of supporters of the legitimate government were murdered in the days that followed.
The Coup, gave Turkey the opportunity to invade with a 40,000 strong army, and occupy 1/3 of Cyprus using their air force and 250 tanks on the pretext that they were doing so in order to protect the Turkish Cypriots.
The South Australian Justice for Cyprus Committee (SEKA), in association with the Cyprus Community of SA Inc, are organising a memorial service at the Saint Anthony Greek Orthodox church, 65 Milner st Prospect on Sunday 15 July 2018, to mark the tragic anniversary.
A wreath ceremony will take place at 12.15pm at the Cyprus Community of SA, 6-8 Barrpowell street, Welland.
On Wednesday 18 July at 7.00pm the Cyprus Community will host a speech on current developments in Cyprus by Mr Averof Neofytou (President of the Governing Democratic Rally Party), accompanied by the High Commissioner of the republic of Cyprus in Canberra, Ms Martha Mavrommatis.
On 15 July, 10.30am the Greek Orthodox Community of SA will hold a memorial service at the Cathedral of Archangels Michael and Gabriel, Franklin Street, City, for those who died defending democracy in Cyprus on 15 July as well as those who fell during the Turkish invasion.
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