Friday, October 29, 2010

The slogan “Bring them Back” echoed all over the British Museum!

Official Press Release from Cypriot Student METOPO UK, dated 25 October 2010

The afternoon of Saturday October 23rd outside the British Museum, was strikingly different to any other. The flashes of the visitors were immortalising not any of the Museums’ stolen exhibits, but rather, the demonstrators standing in the front yard of the Museum, who wearing black t-shirts, holding banners and placards, were conveying the demand of the Hellenes anywhere in the world: “Bring Them Back”.

The demonstration for the return and restoration of the Parthenon Sculptures, organised by the ‘METOPO Cypriot Student Movement UK’ and the non-governmental organisation ‘Artclick’, under the campaign “Bring Them Back”, was an ultimate absolute success, as the people embraced it and dynamically became part of it.

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The visitors of the Museum, informed as they were by the students of METOPO who were distributing leaflets regarding the Parthenon sculptures and the “Bring Them Back” campaign outside the Museum, were now facing, along with the demonstrators, reality: the Hellenic civilisation is the Hellenic Pride and the protests of the Hellenes for their stolen dignity are completely just.

The President of METOPO, Marios Nicolaou, delivered a resolution to the competent authorities of the Museum, demanding the return of the Parthenon sculptures to Greece, as well as analyzing and crushing their cheap and untrue arguments regarding the so-called protection of the marbles. Of course, the sculptures were not returned. However, we are under no circumstance willing to stop here. The demonstration that took place last Saturday was only the beginning. We understand that our struggle for the reinstatement of the Parthenon Sculptures will be long and difficult, but we feel that it is our duty to be part of this campaign, for as long as these Hellenic cultural treasures is held unlawfully in the country where our movement is based.

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From now on, the restoration and return of the Parthenon marbles to Greece has become an aim and purpose to us. We reserve and promise, that each and every time, the British authorities will hear an even louder “Bring Them Back”, from the autonomous students of METOPO. This campaign will be over and we will complacent, only when we are able to flaunt the sculptures, reunited after almost 200 years, inside the new Acropolis Museum.


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Thursday, October 28, 2010

British government investigates 300 mystery baby deaths on Cyprus

A very disturbing story indeed. We are waiting for the results of the investigation... The 1960-70 period in Cyprus is a dark period, and the British government and military are complicit in many political crimes that have been carried out on the island during that time. The book "Blood Truth" (available for free in pdf), documents many of the British activities of that time.

source: The Telegraph
title: British government investigates 300 mystery baby deaths on Cyprus
date: 25 October 2010
author: Nick Squires

British government investigates 300 mystery baby deaths on Cyprus  
The British Government is finally carrying out an investigation into the mystery deaths of around 300 babies born to military families in Cyprus in the 1960s, amid suspicions of a high-level cover-up.

The deaths of so many infants have never been adequately explained, with speculation that they may have been caused by poor hospital hygiene or an outbreak of typhoid, polo, cholera or meningitis.

Some former servicemen believe the blame lies with the cocktail of inoculations they were given prior to being stationed in Cyprus, or that the deaths were linked to exposure to radioactive military material.

The babies died in a military hospital in Dhekelia, one of the two sovereign bases, along with Akrotiri, which Britain retained after Cyprus was granted independence in 1960 after decades of colonial rule.

In 1964 alone, around 56 babies died, some of them just a day old. They are buried in a British military cemetery there.

After decades in which parents claimed the truth of the saga was hushed up by British military authorities, the Ministry of Defence has launched an investigation into the deaths.

It came after a former serviceman, Mike Pitcher, who served on the island with the RAF from 1961 to 1963, lobbied his local MP to push for an inquiry.

His wife's baby girl was stillborn when it was delivered in 1962 and he believes the deaths may be connected to medical inoculations given to British military personnel.

"It was compulsory to undergo a large concoction of inoculations, maybe six or seven, for things like yellow fever and typhoid," Mr Pitcher, 71, whose wife subsequently had three healthy children, told the Daily Telegraph yesterday.

"I wouldn't like to say whether there has been an official cover-up or not. All we want is some form of closure, and to receive a reasonable answer as to why all these babies died." The results of the three-month investigation are expected to be presented to Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk, in the next two weeks.

"The Ministry of Defence is investigating the number of infant deaths in Cyprus in the early to mid-1960s," said a spokeswoman.

"As part of this investigation, we are examining the completeness and accuracy of the births and deaths registration data." An independent expert, Prof Stephen Evans of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, has analysed the data to determine if the death rate was higher than normal on the base.

Mr Lamb told the Daily Telegraph: "It's an incredibly poignant story and it begs some very serious questions. It is too early to get into conspiracy theories, and there may be a perfectly sensible explanation as to what happened, but it's clear that it should be thoroughly investigated."

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Huge sucess: Metopo's "Bring Them Back" demonstration for the Parthenon Sculptures

The grassroots Cypriot Student Movement 'METOPO', in cooperation with Actclick, carried out a very successful demonstration outside the British Museum. Congratulations to the students of Metopo and we hope that more such activities will take place!

sources: 24 and 27 October 2010 and

The Parthenon Marbles reunification protest outside the British Museum yesterday was well attended – by my counting, there were over fifty people there, despite the rather chilly weather. There was quite a bit of interest from some of the people passing by & I got a chance to meet the organisers of the event. Unfortunately the British Museum limits the duration of such protests to fourty minutes – which has the effect of limiting the impact of them to people passing by during that time period.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Demonstration for the return of Parthenon's sculptures by Metopo and Actclick

The very active grassroots, democratic Cypriot Student Movement METOPO, based in the UK, is organizing, along with the Greek "Actclick" a demonstration outside the British Museum in London on the 23rd of October 2010 demanding the return of the Parthenon sculptures back to Hellas. The demonstration is part of the wider "Bring Them Back" campaign. We call all Greek students and residents in London to join them, along with everyone that believes the antiquities should be returned to their rightful owners. 

For more information on Metopo:
For more information on the Bring Them Back campaign:

We copy the related Press Resease of Metopo (in Greek):

Monday, October 11, 2010

Metopo sends a letter to David Cameron: "The imaginary isolation of Turkish Cypriots and the violation of Cypriot’s human rights"

We copy here a letter sent to the Prime Minister of Britain David Cameron by the young activists of Cypriot Student Movement METOPO in the UK. Metopo is a democratic grassroots movement, founded in 2006 and has been officially represented in the Union of Cypriot Students of UK. It has representatives in most UK Universities and Colleges and has been active in countering Turkish propaganda in the UK and elsewhere. 

source: Cypriot Student Movement METOPO UK (
date: 09 October 2010

The imaginary isolation of Turkish Cypriots and the violation of Cypriot’s human rights

Dear Prime Minister,

As a Cypriot student movement in the United Kingdom, we feel the need to express our shock and dismay for the demonstration organised on Sunday at Trafalgar Square by the “TRNC freedom” movement, which calls upon the recognition of the so-called “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” by Yourself and the people of the United Kingdom.

The so-called Turkish republic of Northern Cyprus is a pseudo-entity that nobody else recognised except the aggressor itself, Turkey. It is nothing more and nothing less than the outcome of the illegal invasion and occupation of the island, and the legalisation of the fait accompli of Turkey’s aggressions. We want to make it explicit that the northern part of Cyprus has never been ethnically Turkish. Greek and Turkish Cypriots have cohabitated in the whole island throughout recent history. It was only after the Turkish invasion and occupation that the Turkish army has violently displaced all the Greek-Cypriot inhabitants from the north. Based on clear plans of ethnocide, they have forcibly changed the names of towns and villages, from Greek to Turkish and systematically destroyed or desecrated ancient Greek monuments and Christian places of worship that were a testament to the true historical character of Cyprus. Thus, “TRNC” constitutes an illegal regime and there is no question of international recognition for it, as there is a decision adopted by the International Community and confirmed by United Nations and the European Community. Particularly, UN Security Council Resolution 541/1983, dated 18 November 1983, declares the proclamation of the establishment of the “TRNC” legally invalid and calls upon all states ‘not to recognise any Cypriot State other than the Republic of Cyprus.’ Also, Resolution 550, dated 11 May 1984, calls upon all states ‘not to facilitate or in anyway assist the aforesaid secessionist entity (meaning “TRNC”)’.

Our country was barbarically invaded by Turkey on the 20th July 1974. Over 5,000 people were murdered in the process, most of these being unarmed civilians, women, men, children and old people. 200,000 Greek Cypriots were uprooted, and made refugees in their own country to this day. Well over 160,000 unlawful Turkish Anatolian Settlers were imported to the island by Turkey in order to fill the vacuum left after the persecution of the refugees. More than a thousand souls are still missing, presumed to be murdered and what’s left of them scattered all over the occupied area, and ever since 1974 Turkey still occupies 37% of the island with the might of over 43,000 strong Turkish Army. In the occupied area, over 500 Christian Churches and cemeteries have been desecrated by the Turks, and turned into stables, toilets, mosques, coffee shops and even night clubs. 800 Greek Cypriot women, young girls and even elders were barbarically raped and murdered by the Turks in 1974, in front of their families. Horrific narration of Turkey’s atrocities were published in unprecedented detail in the British newspaper “The Sun” on 5th August 1974, and two years later were officially confirmed and condemned by the Council of Europe. Turkey was found guilty as charged.

The Turkish Cypriot claims of isolation are nothing but a myth. The Republic of Cyprus has always held its doors open for them, and they were always free and able to enjoy their rights and benefits as lawful citizens of the state. They are free to acquire a Passport and Identification Card of the Republic of Cyprus, and enjoy their full rights as European Citizens. The only ones not able to do so are the Turkish Settlers, which of course are not lawful citizens of the state. The Cyprus problem is not the fake isolation of the Turkish Cypriots, but the fact that Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974 and since then, a large part of a sovereign country is still under illegal military occupation.

On the contrary, barbed wires block the way for the Greek Cypriots to enter the occupied area in order to visit the graves of their loved ones, unless they demonstrate a valid ID, as if they are to visit another country. People die, with the hope to return to their ancestral homes remaining a far-fetched dream. The so-called “TRNC” violates the human rights of the Greek Cypriots, and simultaneously the rights of the Turkish Cypriots who because of the Turkish propaganda believe that the European Community and the United Nations are guilty for their imaginary isolation.

We ask from the new British Government, which promised to respect human rights and justice, to consider the people of Cyprus whose rights are being violated to this day. We ask to block the way to this Turkish illegal demand. Besides, the UN Security Council Resolutions are clear and prohibit any recognition of the secessionist entity and no assistance or cooperation with it.

We thank you for taking the time to read this letter.

Yours sincerely,

Marios Nikolaou
‘METOPO’, Cypriot Student Movement UK

Read the full press release in Greek here:

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Julio Iglesias cancels planned concert in occupied Cyprus

Yet another moral victory for Cyprus, another blow to Turkey's plans for indirect recognition of occupied Cyprus as a separate state. The Τurkish press laments the fact that Julio Iglesias, in the same way as Jennifer Lopez, cancelled the concert in occupied Cyprus. 

Julio Iglesias cancels planned concert in Turkish [note: illegally Turkish-occupied] Cyprus
'Sabah'  08 October, 2010
Renowned veteran Spanish singer Julio Iglesias is the latest star to reportedly have been pressured to cancel his decision to stage a gig in Turkish Cyprus following increasing pressure from Greek Cypriots.

The Greek Cypriot Alitheia daily reported on Thursday that Iglesias had cancelled his performance in Turkish Cyprus after being informed that the country he was about to perform in was only a “self-declared state.”

According to the news outlet, Iglesias is the fifth star to cancel his gig in Turkish Cyprus in the past four months. American Cypriot Greeks and Greeks are believed to have been behind Iglesias' decision to call off his performance. They reportedly inundated his website's e-mail inbox with messages informing him about the “ill regime” there.

The Alitheia report quotes Iglesias as saying that the star would not perform in a state that is not recognized internationally.

Jennifer Lopez, Anastasia, Rihanna and Justin Timberlake also cancelled their scheduled performances in Turkish Cyprus following pressure and protests by Greek Cypriots.

Latin pop star Lopez's cancellation of her gig at the luxury Cratos Premium Hotel sparked a strong reaction from the Turkish side, and the hotel's executive board said it would sue Lopez if she did not change her mind.

Reha Arar, chairman of the Executive Board of Turkish Cyprus Merit Hotels, told reporters after Iglesias cancelled his performance that arts and culture are universal and should not be used for scoring political points. He said they considered the star's concert as a sign of friendship.