During the 1955-59 struggle, many civilians became victim of the British occupation troops or the Turkish extremist militias.

Killed by British Occupiers

Kyriacos Karaolis:

18 years old, from Aglantzia, writer. 

He was killed by the Security Forces on November 12, 1958 in Aglantzia, on the pretext that he had failed to stop being checked.

Zeniou Eutychia

75 years old from Troulloi, she was deaf.

She was killed on October 19, 1956 by British soldiers in her village because she did not obey their order to stop. 

Killed by Turkish(Cypriot) militias and extremists:

Monument in Kato Amiantos in the province of Limassol. Written are the names of dozens of civilians who were killed by extremist Turkish militias during the period of 1955-1959

Christakis Vyzakos

was born in Athienou on June 29, 1948. 

In June and July 1958, the Turkish Cypriots of TMT, on the occasion of the bomb blast at the Press and Information Office of the Turkish consulate in Nicosia, which they had placed themselves, but had attributed this act to E.O.Κ.Α., Carried out a series of massacres and attacks against Greek Cypriots and their properties. Ten-year-old Christakis Vyzakos was also their victim. 

On July 10, 1958, Christakis accompanied Nikos Kailas, who had led his own flock and the flock of Christakis’s father, to an area near the Turkish Cypriot village of Agia. In the afternoon, seven young Turkish Cypriots approached them. They killed little Christakis, seriously injured Nikos and left thinking that they had killed him too. 

Nikos, after the escape of the murderers, lifted Christakis on his shoulders and ran to Athienou, where he announced the tragic event.

Michael Tapis

 was born in 1920 in Athienou. 

He was a shepherd by profession. After the murder of Christakis Vyzakos and the wounding of Nikos Kailas, as well as the killing of many other shepherds and farmers by Turks in various parts of Cyprus, some shepherds of Athienou decided to graze their herds together in dangerous areas, for greater safety. 

On the morning of July 21, 1958, Michael Tapis was the first to arrive in an area near the Turkish Cypriot village of Agia, where other shepherds would arrive. The shepherd Andreas Kouklis was following him on horseback from a distance. 

He witnessed the murder of M. Tapis by Turkish Cypriots of the TMT, who were ambushing behind the bank of an adjacent torrent. Tapis was shot and stabbed while hanging his vourka on a cypress tree.

He left orphaned seven children and widowed his pregnant wife Lucia Adamos. Their child was born six months after his death and was named Michael in his honor.

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