The EOKA years and the road to independence (1955-60) are the focus of the Cyprus Mail’s 70th anniversary archive uploads for the next few weeks.
Every Wednesday and Saturday we will upload pages from the Cyprus Mail archives starting with April 1, 1955, the beginning of the EOKA campaign.
Highlights include accounts of bombings and shootings as the uprising grew ever more bloody and Britain declared a state of emergency.
We will also feature the first death sentence passed on an EOKA fighter, and the dramatic eyewitness account of the death of Grigoris Afxentiou – EOKA deputy commander – who was cornered and killed by British troops in a cave near Machairas monastery in March 1957.
- Dynamiters start operations in Cyprus: EOKA campaign launched as gang of four dynamite Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation in Nicosia. Larnaca police station and courthouse also attacked – April 1, 1955
- Round and About by Gadabout: Cyprus Mail’s weekly diarist wonders what effects the EOKA campaign will have on Cyprus’ social scene – April 3, 1955
- Cyprus ‘Criminals’ Condemned in House of Lords: Labour peer suggests lack of political freedom in Cyprus will exacerbate violence – April 7, 1955
You can also access the old front pages and stories from the top or bottom menu bar at any time by clicking on ’70 Years’ or from the ’70 years’ banner on the right hand side of our homepage.