Cyprus Mail

Sirens to mark coup anniversary

Sirens will sound at 8.20am islandwide on Wednesday as a reminder of the July 15 military coup against President Makarios in 1974.
Archbishop Makarios was ousted by the Greek Cypriot EOKA-B paramilitary organisation, backed by the Greek junta, and was replaced by pro-Enosis (union with Greece) nationalist Nicos Sampson.

The coup was followed five days later by the Turkish invasion, which resulted in the occupation of 37 per cent of the Republic’s territory and its de facto division.

Church services for those killed during the coup will be held islandwide as will events to mark the 41st anniversary, to denounce the coup and the Turkish invasion.

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