The President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and the House Speaker Dimitris Syllouris laid a wreath on Wednesday at a memorial site, inside Nicosia Central Prison, as a tribute to the EOKA liberation struggle for independence in 1955.
The site, known as “Imprisoned Graves”, is the burial place of 13 fighters of the 1955-1959 EOKA liberation struggle.
The armed anti-colonial struggle lasted for four years and lead to the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus in 1960, having three guarantor powers, Britain Greece and Turkey.
Today we pay tribute to the heroes who sacrificed their lives for liberation but is also a day of reflection and self-criticism President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has said.
In a written statement the President said that the vision, principles, and values that inspired the EOKA fighters should inspire us today and guide is in unity in order to achieve our national goals.
The President said that today we honor Archbishop Makarios and the EOKA leader, General Digenis, all the members of EOKA who sacrificed their lives, were imprisoned and tortured and finally assisted in liberating our country from the British colonial rule.