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Cypriots remember the coup and turkish invasion

 

July 2020

The 1974 tragedy of Cyprus begun on 15 July with the overthrow of the legitimate Cypriot Government of President Makarios in a military coup staged by the junta of Athens.

Turkey invaded the island on 20 July with a 40,000 strong army and occupied originally a small area in the Kyrenia district, using their air force and 250 tanks. Protection of Turkish Cypriot civilians was used by Ankara as a pretext for the illegal invasion.

On August 14 the Turkish troops advanced to take control of 36 percent of the island, including, Morphou, Famagusta and other parts of Cyprus. Thousands of civilians were killed and two hundred thousand were forced out of their home towns as refugees.

In 1983 Turkey issued a unilateral declaration of independence and named the occupied area, as the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus". However, until today no other nation of the world recognises the so called TRNC except for Turkey.

Since 1975 Turkey has been continuously changing the demography of the island by bringing in illegal immigrants from Turkey, slowly driving the local Turkish Cypriot community out of extinction.

Today, for yet another year the Turkish military occupation, forcible division, violation of human rights, massive illegal Turkish settlement, cultural destruction, property usurpation and ethnic segregation imposed since the bloody 1974 invasion, remain as the main characteristics of the status quo on the island. The fate of about 1000 missing persons remains unresolved. In addition, Turkey is now threatening further military action against Cyprus, in order to steal the natural resources within the islandís legitimate territorial waters.

The Justice for Cyprus Coordinating Committee SA (SEKA), and the Cyprus Community of SA have been having commemorative events in Adelaide every year since 1975. This year, due to the COVID 19 restrictions large scale events have been cancelled. However, there will be radio programs, newspaper articles and smaller scale activities commemorating the 46th Anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, to be announced in due course.

SEKA and the Cyprus Community, express their solidarity and support to the people of Cyprus, they honour those who lost their lives in the struggle for freedom and democracy and express their support to the families of those still missing during the events of 1974.

SEKA, pledges to continue the efforts to promote a just and viable solution that will end the Turkish military occupation and help to reunite the island and its people, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots on the common homeland under a unified federal system of Government. We call on the Australian community to "Never Forget" and be vigilant until Justice for Cyprus prevails.


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