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Grivas statue in Limassol defaced with paint

Pink and red paint was thrown on the statue of Georgios Grivas in Limassol on Tuesday.

Residents of the Ayios Nicolaos area in Limassol, where the fenced-off memorial stands, alerted the authorities.

Grivas was the military commander of the Eoka insurgency against British colonial rule from 1955 to 1959 and its later variant Eoka B in the 1960s.

The president of the foundation of the monument of ‘General George Grivas Dighenis’, Avgerinos Papares said it is not the first time that the monument is desecrated.

“It is with sadness that we witness these events. We are one breath away from partition. The Turk is in our home, is threatening us, is blackmailing us, and instead of us coming together and joining hands to find a solution that would save this country, we’re fighting amongst ourselves,” Papares said.

He added that the desecration was conducted by “frivolous youngsters”, highlighting that there is no organised group behind the incident. Police went to the scene on Wednesday, when the statue was also cleaned by municipality workers.

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