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Το τελευταο &tau ;σιγαρο αιχμαλoτου 1974 – Η φωτογραφ λα με τους Τοyρκους

Photographs of prisoners of the Turkish invasion often see the light of day. Several times the purpose of the publications is to collect information in order to identify the people depicted. 

On Wednesday morning photos of a Greek Cypriot whose fate is unknown were published on the front page. A prisoner who was tortured by the Turks and since then no one knows what happened.

The President of Prisoners of War 1974, Vassos Christou, and Odysseus Christou, Historical Researcher, Geologist, Specialist in Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing, spoke about this person on the show.

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The President of the prisoners first mentioned that they are photos that see the light of day after 48 years of prisoners in the prisons of Turkey but also people who were handed over to the Turks and have been missing since then.

Talking about the photos below. , reported that the man in the photo looks abused, while the caption of the Turkish press is "Greek Cypriot arrested trying to put poison in a well where Turkish soldiers were getting water".

He added that there are too many officers around him  who boast. "The abused man was tortured and this can be seen from the wounds on his body. This may have been his last cigarette.

He emphasized that the identity of this man remains unknown. "Who is he, is he missing? Where does he come from; Where was the photo taken?».

Mr. Christou mentioned that he has a characteristic in his hands that could be a congenital disability or a work accident. "His fingers are deformed. From the wrists of his hands we can perceive how tightly they had bound him. Most of their captives were delivered by televsion.

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He added that he has a head injury and appears to be wearing a wedding ring. "This man did not come from another planet, he is from Cyprus. We do not know his identity, nor his fate.

He also said that in 1975 the Turks tried to force the few trapped people to leave Belapais. “They arrested 13-year-olds and 14-year-olds on the charge of trying to put rat poison in the water tank that supplied the camp and also on the charge of trying to create an organization under the name of “Kapparovounos” to wage a guerilla war». Continuing, he said that they arrested six minors, took them to Kyrenia Castle and subjected them to incredible abuse.

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For his part, researcher Odysseas Christou stated that while searching the internet he found various photos.

"This photo was published in magazines with the caption "we good Turkish soldiers give cigarettes and water to a Greek Cypriot prisoner who tried to poison our water". He pointed out that this is propaganda.

He clarified that there were reports that the specific person is a certain Londos, a resident of Kyrenia – Lapithos. "Londos was a strong young man and fighter of EOKA. "He was involved in the coup and the beginning of the bombing  he went to the Castle of Kyrenia to free the prisoners. We have testimonies that identify him on the battlefields.

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He pointed out that there is a picture of a vehicle that was trampled by tanks and there is a report that this vehicle was London's and was being driven by an employee. "He was an important personality of Kyrenia".

He stressed that the investigation has begun for Londo. "We contacted his family as there were similarities. Then we realized that there are some things that do not converge in such a way as to result in an identification and above all that he did not have any disability in his hand.

Mr. Christou stated that the Turkish soldiers in the photo are his 61st Battalion  Infantry that arrived by helicopter in late July. "They were involved in the occupation of Lapithos &ndash? Carava. In the second round of the invasion, we find them in the area of ​​Palaikithro and Mia Milia.

He clarified that the most likely shooting of the photo is in the Lapithos area – Carava. "There were also wells there, if the opinion that he tried to poison them is correct. Please if anyone recognizes him, contact us.

The President of the prisoners reported that Londos was captured in Karmi and his bones were found in Agyrta. "He went through the well-known mantra hell. When his skeleton was found, his head was melted».

Finally, he mentioned that they are trying to record in a book the experiences and testimonies of the prisoners. 

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The photographic material is from the Evidence Archive, in the framework of the research “Geochronological Documentation of Events 1974”, which is investigated on the Facebook page 1974 Testimonies & Evidence»

 

 

Source: www.sigmalive.com

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