Petrakis Giallouros

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He was born in the village of Rizokarpaso, in the province of Famagusta, on August 29, 1938. 

Rizokarpaso is currently Turkish-occupied

He was killed on February 7, 1956 in Famagusta by the British, during a militant demonstration he led.

Famagusta is currently Turkish occupied

Petrakis Giallouros attended the Primary School of Rizokarpasos, and when he was killed, he was a graduate of the Greek High School of Famagusta. 

Tall, slim, with curly hair and blue eyes and always first in his classes, 

Petrakis was the standard-bearer at his school’s events.

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His speech and conversation, says his mother, has always been Greece. His misery and lust, his dream and song:

 the union of Cyprus with Greece.

 
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He was the manager of the student teams of the Greek High School of Famagusta in the EOKA match. His duties included organizing the students of his school, writing and teaching songs of militant content, distributing leaflets, hiding and dealing in weapons, carrying the mail and organizing militant student demonstrations. For his activities, he was pointed out by the conquerors, who also hunted him.

On February 6, 1956, the students of Famagusta Gymnasium clashed with the army and the government ordered the closure of the Gymnasium. The next day, February 7, 1956, a large force of students from the Gymnasium and Commercial High School of Famagusta gathered on Ermou Street and organized a demonstration.

 

Ermou street was also the home of the office of Anorthosis Famagusta.

Their office was bombed by the British in 1958.

More information can be found on their official website: 

https://anorthosisfc.com.cy/history/?lang=en

During the demonstration the students set up barricades and stoned the English soldiers. They used live fire against the protesters. During the retreat, an English soldier took aim and shot Petrakis Giallouros in the heart. Petrakis took about ten steps, shouted “LONG LIVE THE UNION” and fell. 

He was the first student whose blood watered the land of Greek Cyprus. His sacrifice will teach future generations the way of virtue and duty for the freedom of the country.

A  monument was erected in the hero’s home village but it was destroyed by the invading Turkish army.

A new one was build at the Paralimni Lyceum

 

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The hero is watching his destroyed grave... When will he be able to return home?
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