January 17, 1954

FREEDOM OF THE PRESS: London, 16 – Only one of all the major British newspapers, the Manchester Guardian [now the Guardian], has printed reports of the huge gatherings that took place yesterday on the island of Cyprus to mark the fourth anniversary of the referendum on union (with Greece). The newspaper said that 90 percent of voters in the referendum had been in favor of union. It reported that the Greek flag was waving in all the towns and villages and on all Orthodox churches on the island yesterday. The other newspapers kept silent on the issue, although the various news agencies referred at considerable length to yesterday’s rallies in Cyprus. CURRANTS: Exports of currants by December 31, 1953 amounted to 21,500 tons. Of that amount, 10,000 tons were exported to Britain and the remainder to other countries. ELECTRICAL ENERGY: The construction of a hydroelectric plant on the Lourou River in Epirus has been completed and the facility will begin operation around the end of this month.

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