CYPRUS IS HELLENIC LAND! 1st of April 1955, EOKA (Εθνική Οργάνωσις Κυπρίων
Αγωνιστών, National Organisation of Cypriot Fighters) begins its struggle
For Immediate Release: April 1, 2009
Contact: Nikolaos Taneris, New York, Tel. 1-917-699-9935
New York—The Cyprus Action Network of America (CANA) celebrates April 1st the
Anniversary of the Hellenic Revolution in Cyprus launched by EOKA (Εθνική
Οργάνωσις Κυπρίων Αγωνιστών, National Organisation of Cypriot Fighters) under
the leadership of Giorgos Grivas-Digenis. Today, we remember the dreams and
struggles of those who gave everything, asked for nothing more than to never beg
for anything. Memory Eternal! We also ask all of Hellenism to never forget that
there are many who try to distort the history of our heroes, namely the
well-financed revisionist school book project that is being introduced to
Cyprus. Please view the graphic in the lower left hand side of the page (linked
directly below) where “Cyprus Federation of America” is thanked for the
financial aid to the Revisionist project:
“The joint history project has been made possible through the kind financial
assistance of the following:
Dr Peter Mahringer Fonds, The Royal Dutch Embassy in Athens, Two anonymous
donors, Austrian Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, UK FCO, Swiss
Cyprus Federation of America, Winston Foundation for World Peace”
For An Over View Of the Revisionist Books Visit this link:
Moreover, the revisionist history books by the CDRSEE upon examination blaspheme
the good name of the Hellenic resistance movement known as “EOKA” and its
martyrs and heroes, Auxentios and Diogenes and all of the Hellenes in Cyprus
from the age of eight years old to the age of seventy at the time of EOKA who
sacrificed so that Cyprus may be free from the rule of the British Empire.
In this history book, that “Cyprus Federation of America” apparently helped
produce, EOKA is cauterized as …..A “terrorist” organization!
Keeping the struggle and the dream alive, we at CANA continue to expose all the
efforts underway to diminish the historical reality of Hellenic struggles, not
by celebrating song and dance, but by protecting the historical memory. No one
knows what can happen in the next 30 years or 300 years, Hellenism we must
remind its offspring for generations to come that those lands which were
unjustly stolen from them will eventually return to their rightful owners.
Please distribute the following video and articles, and join the campaign for
historical remembrance in the month of April, for the Greek victims of Genocide.
In this way, you will help to play an active part in defending historical
(1) ΚΥΠΡΟΣ ΓΗ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ, You Tube video
( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQFgJb_Qbak )
(2) (THE ARTICLE BELOW IS REPRODUCED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES)
The Angels of Cyprus, by Nikos Kazantzakis , Hellenic Antidote blog, Wednesday,
1 April 2009
'Remember that the British fought in Cyprus, and seemingly had everything in
their favor. It is an island half the size of New Jersey. The Royal Navy, which
can be trusted to do its job, sealed off the island from the outside. There were
40,000 British troops on Cyprus under Field Marshal Sir John Harding, and his
opponent, Colonel George Grivas, had 300 Greeks in the EOKA. The ratio between
regular troops and guerrillas was 110-to-1 in favor of the British! After five
years the British preferred to come to terms with the rebels.' (Bernard B. Fall)
EOKA (Εθνική Οργάνωσις Κυπρίων Αγωνιστών, National Organisation of Cypriot
Fighters), under the leadership of Giorgos Grivas-Digenis, began its struggle to
liberate Cyprus from British colonial rule and unite the island with Greece with
a series of bomb attacks targeting government installations on 1 April 1955.
Cypriots had been agitating for liberation and union with Greece since the Greek
Enlightenment and the campaign came to a head after the Second World War, with
anachronistic colonial empires collapsing and subject peoples winning their
right to self-determination. The British responded to Cypriots' peaceful
agitation for enosis with repression and in July 1954, the British government
declared that Cyprus was too important to Britain's strategic interests and
would 'never' be allowed self-determination. It is in this context of British
cynicism and duplicity that EOKA was formed and in which Nikos Kazantzakis wrote
in Nea Estia on 25 September, 1955, the following attack on Britain's Cyprus
The Angels of Cyprus (The fate and honour of an empire)
These very days, a great people are crossing the Bridge of Trika. [The site of a
heroic battle in the Greek War of Independence]. It is not only Cyprus' fate
that is being judged. It is not the fate of Cyprus alone that is at stake. For
the just rock is sure to devour the unjust mountain. What is at stake, what is
being judged at the present moment is the fate and honour of a whole empire! The
nation that had risen with such national pride and moral exaltation, as one man,
to save the honour of the world in those critical hours of the war, is now
undergoing one of the fatal apocalyptic trials that will reveal whether its
value is genuine or counterfeit.
And at a still deeper, broader level, the fate and honour of the entire Western
world is being judged. Always until now, it has boasted that it was fighting for
the justice and freedom of other nations. But now we will see whether that world
is worthy of using these sacred words, whether the soul of any honourable man at
the present time can have confidence in world leaders such as these…
In a major island, 400,000 spirits are raising a hue and cry, demanding their
liberty. And the thrice-noble nation where liberty and light were born is
raising a hue and cry along with them. From the four corners of the earth (and
even from English throats) voices of anger and protest are exploding. By now it
is no longer possible for violence and injustice to stifle a whole people in
secret, without protest. Apparently, this world we thought had gone rotten,
still has spirits that dare to rear their head against hypocrisy, injustice,
It is a critical moment. The moral salvation of the whole world depends on the
answer given to the Cyprus question. And on this moral salvation, the political,
social, cultural salvation of the world has always depended. Cyprus is no longer
a detail now, a mere island at the extreme tip of the Mediterranean. It is
becoming the fate-marked centre, where the moral value of contemporary man is at
How is the British Empire facing this tragic moment where its own value is on
trial? Alas! With means unworthy of a great nation; with unmanly silence at
first; and then with deceit, sycophantism, violence. Shame has hidden its face,
far off from the disgraced quarters of the Foreign Office.
The genuine people, though, are not despairing. They know that in this
dishonourable, inconsistent world, certain fundamental principles still live and
reign, daughters of man, whom he has created with his own sweat, blood, tears.
And these are the immortal ones. Most of them were born in Greece: freedom,
human dignity, the thirst for justice.
Great mysterious forces are multiplying and bearing fruit even while they are
being pursued. Hear the words of an age-old myth: An angel came down to earth,
and the ruler of the world was enraged on seeing it. And he lunged at it with
his sword and split it in two. And at once the angel became two. And again, the
ruler of the world lunged at them and split these two angels in two. And the two
angels became four, and the four eight, and the eight sixteen, and soon the
earth was filled with angels.
Who was this angel? The angel of freedom? Cyprus will soon be full of angels.
And the ruler of the world will be crushed, disgraced in Tartarus, his sword
There is some mystic law in this world (for if there were not, this world would
have been destroyed thousands of years ago), a harsh, inviolable law: in the
beginning, evil always triumphs, and in the end it is always vanquished.
Apparently, for man to buy this privilege, much effort, much sweat, many tears
are imperative. And freedom is the most expensive good that can be bought. It is
never given for nothing, either by human beings or by the gods. It goes from
land to land, where it is summoned, from heart to heart, unsleeping,
unsubduable, uncompromising. At the moment we can watch it traversing the soil
of Cyprus with steady momentum. And soon its limbs will be spattered with blood.
For this is the way freedom always forges its path.
For us this is a good moment to forget our passions and petty cares; for each
man of us with his own God-given gifts to follow the path of freedom throughout
the land of Cyprus. And we must share her grief, her upsurge, her danger,
insofar as we are capable, and surely later on (for this is the law, we said)
her great joy as well.
I myself represent nothing. I am not anything. Only a clear conscience. But a
clear conscience weighs more in the scale of God and time than an empire. And
now that Cyprus has been saved from the waves and is crying out, all clear
consciences – from all the quarters of the world; wherever they may be – can
hear this cry and see the injustice and cast the stone (the curse) against the
ruler of the world, the wrongdoer. The ruler laughs and acts in a cynical
manner. He has the power on his side, soldiers, fleets, lethal birds of the air,
vast wealth and traitors – and great hubris. He laughs and acts in a cynical
manner, but one day (such has always been the omnipotence of man when wronged) –
one day, Clear Conscience will hurl this stone at it and it will hang around the
neck of the empire and sink it. The great empires have always sunk.
Several years I went back to Cyprus, enchanted by her Greek light and pleasant
air. An old man emerged from a peasant home near Famagusta. We picked up a
conversation. He was discussing (what else?) the union, and his eyes flashed.
And suddenly a broad smile flooded his sunburned face. He put his hand over his
heart, and he said, slowly as though confiding some great secret to me:
'The foundation stones of England are shaking! They are shaking, because the
human heart has stirred.'
Yes, the human heart has stirred, O great Empire!
(3) “Good luck and well done to the Pan Thracian Union of America, which is
organising for 6 April outside the UN building in New York a commemoration to
mark the genocide in the last century of Greeks in Eastern Thrace,
Constantinople, Imvros and Tenedos.” (Read entire article here:
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