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Media Watch 2004

29 October 2004
Source: Cyprus Weekly
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Comment: The following article appeared in the Cyprus Weekly of Nicosia on 29 October 2004.
Ochi parade. Celebrating the 'No' of 1940
"GREEK Cypriots, yesterday celebrated, along with Hellenism, throughout the world, the anniversary of Greece's refusal to surrender to Fascism in 1940, with the famous 'Oxi' (No)"

Students marched in parades in all major towns yesterday in the traditional celebration of Ochi Day, which marked Greeceā€™s entry into World War II. Pictured here are students in the Nicosia parade, carrying the banners of occupied schools. War veterans led the parade in Nicosia, with President Papadopoulos and Greek Ambassador Christos Panagopoulos receiving the salute before the Greek embassy.

Celebrating the 'No' of 1940

GREEK Cypriots, yesterday celebrated, along with Hellenism, throughout the world, the anniversary of Greece's refusal to surrender to Fascism in 1940, with the famous 'Oxi' (No).

Organisations and schools staged parades in all the towns while all political parties and many personalities issued special messages on occasion of the anniversary, stressing the need for unity and determination in face of dangers threatening Cyprus.

Education Minister Pefkios Georgiades underlined that the message of resistance to force, sent by Greece in 1940, continued to inspire the struggle for peace and freedom and independence among all nations throughout the world.

Despite the proud refusal of Greece to resist fascism, it led to its defeat and occupation by the Axis forces during World War II. This defeat, however, led thousands of Greek and Turkish Cypriots to join the British forces in the struggle for victory. Many died and were buried in foreign lands, while thousands spent the war years in prisoner of war camps, until final liberation when the war ended in 1945."