Cypriot Australians to Commemorate Anniversary of Turkish Invasion

The Cypriot Community of Australia, along with the Justice for Cyprus Coordination Committee (SEKA), are to hold a number of events to commemorate 44 years since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.

Starting on Sunday, SEKA has organized a memorial service at the Cathedral of The Annunciation of Our Lady in Redfern, Sydney at 10.30 a.m., followed by a peaceful march that will begin at 2.15 p.m. and will lead outside the Town Hall.

After the march, there will be a gathering at the Cypriot Community building at 3.30 p.m., in attendance of the High Commissioner of the Cypriot Republic in Australia, Martha Mavromati, the Greek Ambassador in Sydney Christos Karras, the SEKA leadership and the Cypriot community. Representing the Cypriot Republic will be the President of the Democratic Rally party, Averof Neofytou.

The same day, at 10.30 a.m. a memorial service will be held at St. Anthony’s Church in Prospect, Adelaide. At 12.30 p.m. a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Cyprus Community SA building in Welland.

Commemorations will continue on Friday, the date of the invasion, at 5.00 p.m., with a vigil in front of Melbourne Town Hall. A human chain will be formed as a sign of support toward the people of Cyprus. That will be followed by a light supper at the Cyprus Community building in Victoria in memory of the people who were killed and the thousands who were forced to flee from their country after the invasion.

Also, on Sunday July 22 at 1.00 p.m., there will be a peaceful march that will begin from Lonsdale Street and will lead to the city hall. This march will be in the presence of Mr Neofytou and Cypriot Navy Secretary of State, Natasa Pilidou.