March 1, 1954

DEMONSTRATION FOR CYPRUS: Despite the government’s instructions to the students, the police force’s refusal to grant them a permit to hold a rally in favor of Cyprus’s union with Greece, and the student committee’s statement that it was postponing the rally, some students gathered anyway in small groups and tried to hold small rallies which were forcibly broken up by police. There were minor scuffles but nothing more. The students planned to (…) proceed to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and, after laying a wreath, to hold a demonstration in front of the Hotel Grande Bretagne where Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus is staying, and to protest outside the embassies of the United States and Britain. The plan failed because of the measures taken by the police. (…) One group of students entered the National Gardens to cut bitter oranges to throw at the police, but the police had had the foresight to pick all the oranges the previous day. PLOUMBIDIS: The Supreme Court has issued a ruling rejecting an appeal by Nikolaos Ploumbidis against a death sentence passed against him by a military tribunal, after he was found guilty of espionage.

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