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 Macheras monastery in March 1957.
- Menderes hurled out of blazing plane, but safe: Turkish prime minister injured in plane crash in England, delaying crucial development in London-Zurich agreements for Cyprus’ independence – February 18, 1959
- British official apologises for wrongly arresting owner and editor of the Cyprus Mail: the two men were arrested on contempt of court charges for reporting on the deaths of three Turkish Cypriots in the riots of January 28, 1958. The inquest into those deaths is also reported on the front page – February 21, 1958
- Clues in London Manhunt: Bloodstained money bags found near scene of ‘pay-grab’ killing. Two Cypriots are suspected – March 21, 1958
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.