April 9, 1958

CYPRIOT STRUGGLE: Nicosia, 10 – Today has been a day of turmoil in Cyprus. Across the island, a 24-hour strike was declared in protest at the continuing detention without trial of political prisoners, the denial of a permit to Archbishop Makarios to visit Cyprus and the imprisonment in Britain of 20 Cypriot patriots. Nicosia was deserted today as its inhabitants avoided leaving their homes. There was no public transport, while shops and offices remained closed as well as cinemas and other forms of entertainment. Greek Cypriots, both on the left and the right of the political spectrum, took part in the general strike declared following instructions by the National Cypriot Fighters’ Organization (EOKA) and which, according to the Agence France-Presse correspondent here, was a spectacular blow to the British authorities. SIR CHARLES PEAKE: London, 10 – Sir Charles Peake, the former British ambassador to Athens, died today in the hospital at the age of 61. Sir Charles, who had entered the diplomatic service in 1922, left Athens a year ago after serving since 1951. During his term of service here, the embassy was frequently attacked by Greeks demonstrating against British policy on Cyprus.

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