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Cyprus celebrates Greek Independence Day

Cyprus on Friday marked Greek Independence Day with schoolchildren and army personnel taking part in parades in all towns.

March 25, which also is a public holiday in Cyprus, commemorates the start of the War of Greek Independence in 1821. Greece had been part of the Ottoman Empire since 1453. The revolt began on March 25, 1821, when Bishop Germanos of Patras raised the flag of revolution over the Monastery of Ayia Lavra in the Peloponnese and the cry “Freedom or death” became the motto of the revolution.

Education Minister Costas Kadis said in his message to mark the anniversary that the Greek struggle for independence had inspired Cyprus’ struggle against colinial rule, which will be marked in Cyprus on April 1.

“The revolution of 1821 and the struggle of 1955 have common features, including the love of freedom, the struggle to throw off the alien yoke, selflessness, setting aside of any self-interest for the sake of the common good, and preparedness for any sacrifice,” he said.

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