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Media Watch 2005

02 April 2005
Source: Cyprus Mail
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Comment: The following letter appeared in the Cyprus Mail of Nicosia on 2 April 2005.
Matsakis takes his protest to British bases on EOKA day
"Matsakis, well-known for his anti-bases protests in the past, said that the British were behind everything negative that was happening to Cyprus both within Europe and in the UN. He said it was time for them to pack up and go home."

AS Cypriots islandwide yesterday commemorated the 50th anniversary of the start of the EOKA struggle against colonialism, Euro MP Marios Matsakis took his protest right to the gates of the British bases.

Waving a Cyprus flag Matsakis and several others, closely watched by bases police, stood outside the main gate at Episkopi from 7am where they stuck pictures of EOKA heroes to the fence.

Speaking to reporters Matsakis, well-known for his anti-bases protests in the past, said that the British were behind everything negative that was happening to Cyprus both within Europe and in the UN. He said it was time for them to pack up and go home.

“They killed, hung and burned our compatriots,” he said. “Unfortunately they are still here and this has to end.”

Most of yesterday’s commemorations centred around church services, and the placing of wreaths on the graves of heroes.

President Tassos Papadopoulos, who attended church services at Ayios Yiannis in Nicosia paid tribute to the men who died in the 1955-1959 struggle, which led to independence in 1960.

“We will continue our struggle using all available means to achieve the reunification of our homeland and prosperity for both, Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriots,” he said.

Papadopoulos also received from Justice Minister Doros Theodorou the prison files of seven EOKA heroes, which contained details of their last days. The files were only recently discovered in the prison archives and contain letters from the seven to and form their families that were never passed on by the British."