March 24, 1956

MARCH 25 IN CYPRUS: Nicosia, 24 – The British administration in Cyprus today issued an order banning movement in all major towns in Cyprus as of 4 a.m. local time on Sunday (March 25) in an attempt to prevent patriotic demonstrations during tomorrow’s celebration of Greece’s Independence Day. Previously, they had banned public gatherings and parades throughout Cyprus over the weekend. IN THE US SENATE: Washington, 24 – During the US Senate’s session on March 22, the Greek priest of Baltimore, Maryland, Georgios Gallos, was invited to say the opening prayer in commemoration of the March 25 national holiday in Greece. There followed speeches by senators Beal, Cotton and Morse, who spoke about the importance of Greek Independence Day commemoration. PROTEST IN SILENCE: 16: On March 16, the Panhellenic Committee for the Union of Cyprus with Greece called for a complete ban on all traffic between 9.30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Transport all over the island shut down and all stores closed over the methods used by the British authorities to abduct the ethnarch of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios, and his associates.