Evagoras Pallikarides

About Evagoras Pallikaridis

Born in the village of Tsada in the province of Paphos on 27 february 1938. Hanged by the occupier in the early hours of 14 march 1957 at the Nicosia central prison. His campaign for the liberation of Cyprus began in June 1953 during the celebrations for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth. He lowered the English flag from the gates of the city stadium and led the organization of a large demonstration, resulting in the cancellation of the celebrations.

When those arrested in connection with the boat Agios Georgios were being taken to court, Evagoras and twenty of his friends rushed against the police to snatch them from their hands. On June 22, 1955, he led the offensive team against the Paphos court and then against the British Commander Crane Bey.

In August 1955, on a trip to Greece, he was given the opportunity to learn about the use of a weapon and managed to bring a revolver with him. In November 1955, during a student demonstration, he beat English soldiers, freeing a classmate from their hands. He was arrested and ordered to stand trial on December 6. To avoid conviction, he took refuge in the monastery of Agios Neophytos the day before the trial and joined the local guerrilla group in the location of Appi, between Kissonerga - Tala. Following these events he was awarded the sum of λι 5,000. In March 1956 he was sent to a hideout in the forest near the village of Lysos towards the area of ​​Agios Georgios. He took part in many attacks and sabotages against the British in this area.

In August 1955, on a trip to Greece, he was given the opportunity to learn about the use of a weapon and managed to bring a revolver with him. In November 1955, during a student demonstration, he beat English soldiers, freeing a classmate from their hands. He was arrested and ordered to stand trial on December 6. To avoid conviction, he took refuge in the monastery of Agios Neophytos the day before the trial and joined the local guerrilla group in the location of Appi, between Kissonerga - Tala. Following these events he was awarded the sum of λι 5,000. In March 1956 he was sent to a hideout in the forest near the village of Lysos towards the area of ​​Agios Georgios. He took part in many attacks and sabotages against the British in this area.

To the judge who announced his sentence, he said:

"I know you will hang me. Whatever I did, I did it as a Greek Cypriot who fights for his Freedom "

References

'i will take an uphill. I will take paths to find the stairs that are all in freedom..'

The imprisoned grave of the youngest and latest EOKA hero to be hanged by the occupier

The football team 'Paphos FC' integrated the image of Evagoras  Pallikaridis in its logo.

The poetry of Evagoras Pallikaridis is still being used frequently during cultural events.

His main statues are situated in Paphos city in front of the school where he studied

Hero, Evagoras Pallikarides | Explore Pafos

Statue of Evagoras Pallikaridis in the village of Lysos (Paphos province) on the place where he was arrested

Evagoras Pallikaridis Monument in Lysos | BigCyprus

 

Paphos Statue of The poet-fighter (Evagoras Pallikaridis)