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Uploaded on Jul 18, 2011

UK CYPRIOTS DEMAND AN END TO CYPRUS IMPASSE AND UK PRESSURE ON TURKEY
British Cypriots and politicians from across Britain's political spectrum battled the elements in great numbers yesterday, in a show of solidarity against Turkey's intransigence over efforts to end its continuing illegal military occupation of the northern part of Cyprus. The National Federation of UK Cypriots' annual demonstration at the Turkish Embassy, march through central London and rally at Trafalgar Square saw thousands of protestors make their voices heard, often through torrential rain, to deliver a clear message to the Conservative-led Coalition Government.

During the march Cypriot women from the Federation' various organisations, dressed in black to symbolise Cyprus's continuing tragedy, laid a wreath made out of each letter in Cyprus's name at the Cenotaph war memorial in Whitehall.

A petition was delivered to Prime Minister David Cameron, in which the National Federation of UK Cypriots' President, Mr Peter Droussiotis, called upon Mr Cameron "to assume your own responsibilities, as the United Kingdom's Prime Minister, and to use your personal and your Government's leverage and influence to exert the requisite pressure on Turkey" to withdraw its occupying troops and to play an active and positive role in current efforts to reunite Cyprus for the benefit of all Cypriots. A letter of protest to the Turkish Ambassador to the UK was also delivered following a demonstration outside the Turkish Embassy in London.

The annual London "Rally for Cyprus" was organised by the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK, to mark the 37th twin anniversaries of the fascist coup by the military junta then ruling Greece on 15h July 1974, and the illegal invasion of Cyprus by the Turkish army that followed 5 days later, on 20th July 1974.

Part 2:
Rally for a Free and United Cyprus at Trafalgar Square
Extracts of speeches spoken in English
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3Yvhl...

Part 3:
Rally for a Free and United Cyprus at Trafalgar Square
Extracts of speeches spoken in Greek
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrcBx4...

Cyprus Week 2011 Events Playlist:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=...

The annual Rally for a Free and United Cyprus has been organised for the last 37 years by the "National Federation of Cypriot Organisations in the UK":
http://www.cypriotfederation.org.uk

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