Panagiotis Symeou


He was born in the village of Pachna, Limassol province, on September 8, 1936.

He was
killed by British soldiers at dawn on November 25, 1958 in Limassol, when he tried to escape.

Panagiotis Symeou, or Panikos as his family called him, finished primary school in Pachnas and became involved in viticulture. His interest in the commons was manifested from a very early age. At the age of just 17, he pioneered the establishment of the New Syntechnia Pachna and a sports club in his village. She also organized national events, inspiring everyone with the Greek dress she wore.

He joined EOKA at the beginning of 1956 and developed a rich activity. He took part in the attack against the Pachnas police station, in four bombings of the Episkopi water supply system and in EOKA attacks in Kivides and Kissousa. He then connected with the rebel group of his area, which lived in a hideout between the villages of Foini and Ais Nikolas. When the hideout was discovered by the English, Panikos Symeou, by order of the Organization, collected the weapons together with a competitor and transported them to Omodos. The rebels, who temporarily dispersed, regrouped again into two groups, one of which included Panikos. The action of this group continued with attacks against the English in Avdimos and Trimiklini.

Due to his rich activity, Panikos Symeou was wanted and in November 1958 he was arrested by the British. For three days he was subjected to horrific torture at the Avdimos police station. On the evening of the 24th to the dawn of the 25th of November 1958, the day on which the Cypriot debate at the UN began and a truce prevailed, the British, at gunpoint, took him to Limassol, to show them the armament of the EOKA. On 28th October Street, near the GSO stadium, Panikos jumped out of the police car and started running to escape. The English soldiers and the Turkish auxiliary police who were accompanying him opened fire on him and killed him. It was the dawn of November 25, 1958. In their crossfire, one of his police constables and an English soldier were also killed.

At the burial of Panikos, which by order of the English, contrary to the rules of the Orthodox Church, took place at ten in the evening, the crowd knelt in the cemetery and sang the national anthem. At his first memorial service, the girls of the village danced, at the suggestion of his mother, Kalamatian singing his own lyrics, which he also sang when he danced with his mother.

“If you find out I was killed, be happy everyone, for the honor of the country, the smell is sweet…”

Panagiotis Symeou is, together with Savvas Rotsides, the last dead of the struggle.


Bust of the hero at the local heroes monument