August 17, 1954

RALLY: On the morning of Sunday, August 15, students in the country’s higher educational establishments launched the liveliest phase of the struggle for the union of Cyprus with Greece. At 10.45 a.m., thousands of students, along with primary and high school teachers, gathered in front of Athens University and marched toward the Monument to the Unknown Soldier. They were led by the university rector and members of the Senate. The marchers were preceded by the municipal band and students bearing university banners. Cheered by a large crowd, the demonstrators reached the monument where they laid a wreath and chanted the student oath, vowing to struggle at all costs for union with the great Greek island. They then sang the national anthem and burnt a declaration by the British governor of Cyprus containing the latest repressive measures against freedom of speech and thought. They then returned to the university entrance, where they were addressed by the rector, Mr Apostolos Daskalakis. AGENTS: Investigations into the question of the activities in Greece by agents of the British intelligence service are continuing.

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