NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
28th November, 1955 : Two days after another two British soldiers died in terrorist attacks in Cyprus, a state of emergency has been declared throughout the island. Sir John Harding, Governor of Cyprus, will assume wide powers to counter the terrorism that has seen five soldiers killed in the last month. Archbishop Makarios, popular leader of Greek Cypriots, said that the British Government had decided to use extraordinary measures to bend the resistance of the Cypriot people. The state of alert would worsen the crisis.
[At one stage, Makarios was known as the “Castro of the Mediterranean”.]