February 8, 1956

PETRAKIS YIALOURIS: Nicosia, 7 – A young Cypriot schoolboy just 18 years of age paid for his patriotic fervor with his life today after joining a demonstration by schoolchildren in the small Cypriot town of Famagusta over the imprisonment of one of their fellow-students. The boy’s name was Petrakis Yialouris. When the British troops turned their guns and fired on the students, one of the young heroes, Yialouris, was hit by a bullet in the chest. Although bleeding profusely, he dragged himself to the nearest store and, polite to the last, said: «A doctor, please.» They were his final words. He collapsed and died straight afterward. The entire town is in mourning over the boy’s death. The headmaster of his school, Mr Haralambos Fellas, burst into tears, crying: «He was my best pupil. He was the school flag-bearer.» (…) The wives of the British (soldiers) have been warned to avoid entering the town. CYPRUS: London, 7 – Sources here have hinted that the appearance of Russian submarines in the Mediterranean could be connected to the shipment of arms to Cyprus.

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