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Student protest passes off peacefully

High school students held a protest on Tuesday outside the US Embassy in Nicosia against the unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) in the north and to honour the memory of those killed during the protest of students at the technical university of Athens in 1973 against the junta that ruled Greece at the time.

Outside the US Embassy, the students placed Greek and Cypriot flags along the barbed wire in addition to red carnations in memory of those who died during the Polytechnic uprising, when the Greek junta violently suppressed the protest, killing several people – students and other civilians. They also held a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

They handed the US Embassy a memo condemning the UDI and the Polytechnic events.

The students then marched up to the Kolokassides barricade, where the head of one of the organisers POFEN Charalambos Christophorou said that incidents like Monday’s assaults on cars of Turkish Cypriots “have no place among the youth of this country”.

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