Erdogan's neo-Ottoman dream: "Turkifies" Famagusta, "removes" Greek inscriptions

Erdogan's design documents - Turks remove Greek inscriptions from occupied Famagusta public buildings

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The Turks remove the Greek inscriptions from the public buildings of occupied Famagusta, as part of a plan to Turkify and de-Hellenize the enclosed area of ​​the city, as happened after 1974 in the entire northern part of Cyprus.

The "conquest" of Famagusta has always been the goal of Erdogan's neo-Ottoman dreams, but he had to have the right man by his side, in this case the occupation leader Ersin Tatar, who acts as the absolute puppet of Ankara on the island.



The view of the covered Greek inscription of the historic "Greek Gymnasium" of Famagusta infuriates, as do the images from inside the educational complex that fully capture the magnitude of the crime committed from 1974 until today in the once eastern jewel of the Eastern Mediterranean, Famagusta .


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"Hellenic High School of Famagusta".

A place of education and culture that 47 years ago, was buzzing with voices and life, today stands looted and ruined, waiting for the next act of the drama starring Tagip Erdogan, who as another Selim II the Sultan who in 1570 occupied the Cyprus- moves on to another "Attila, Ignoring International Law and UN resolutions.

Mr.Andreas Anastasiou, originally from Famagusta who lives today in Limassol, often passes the "Green LineTo be in Varosia and record images of abandonment and looting from his birthplace. His photos a week ago, made known the provocative action of the occupying authorities to remove the Greek inscription of the "Greek High School" of Famagusta.

"My eye fell on the gable of the school. They have removed the letters that say "HELLENIC HIGH SCHOOL". I protested to the T / C worker and caretaker and they told me that they would clean them and put them back on. But I believe that the countdown to the occupation of our enclosed city has begun. " he commented, adding: "I have already been told that they are accepting applications from T / C to give them houses and apartments in Varosia."


The "Greek High School" of Famagusta, began its operation in the 19th century, and when Cyprus had fallen to the British, under the name "Greek School". In 1924 the school was recognized as the "Hellenic High School of Varosi", consisting of a total of six classes. Initially, only boys attended it and then girls, but only in the 4th, 5th and 6th high schools.

In 1960, and after its independence Cyprus, the school was renamed to First high school of Famagusta and the curriculum concerned the classical branch, followed by the commercial and technical branch. The First High School of Famagusta was considered point reference in the educational, scientific and cultural life of the city. It included gyms, biology and chemistry workshops, a library, an amphitheater, etc. His theatrical performances, especially ancient tragedies, were considered the top cultural event in the city.


Up to Turkish Invasion in CyprusIn Famagusta There were three six-grade Gymnasiums, one Girls' Gymnasium and one Technical School. A sign of the prosperity of the city after 1960 was the parallel operation of six private educational complexes. In the period 1973/1974 the students of the Gymnasiums of the city, exceeded 10.000, while their educational staff 300.
As for the Primary Schools, they were scattered throughout Famagusta and numbered 13 in total, while there was also a state Kindergarten.

"This is a typical example of the general operation of national liquidation, carried out by the Turkish occupation in the occupied territories" stressed the Cypriot Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth, Precursor Prodromou, emphasizing that: "What bothers them and they try to eliminate it by force, is the Greek character of the city."

They also covered the inscription at the "Lyceum of Greek Women"

The Turks did not just erase the Greek name of the historic educational institution of the city. They did the same in the adjacent complex of the Lyceum of Greek Women of Famagusta, also with an archaic façade, hiding the Greek signature and hanging on it two huge flags of Turkey and the Pseudo-State.


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The Famagusta High School for Greek Women, was founded in 1930, and until the Turkish invasion was a reference point of cultural creation in the city. Famous people of the spirit, such as the leading Cypriot poet Dimitris Lipertis, Stratis Myrivilis, Elias Venezis and others, performed in his theater and gave lectures.

Today the building stands looted and in danger of collapsing. Last October, the Cypriot newspaper "Citizen»Posted photos from the looted interior of the band, which caused a sensation.

The images from half-ruined theater, with dozens of old dirty clothes and shoes scattered on the floor, bring to mind the horror of the Turkish invasion of 1974 and the bitter memories of the Cypriot tragedy.

It was initially thought that these clothes, for women, men and children, were what was left of the looting made by Turks in the houses of the inhabitants of the city after its occupation according to Attila 2. However, according to the newspaper, these are clothes that the people of Varosia had collected to help the refugees of Kyrenia after the first phase of the Invasion, before they became refugees themselves, in their own homeland.

«The Turks with their army hold our city and live in our homes since 1974, as well as throughout occupied Cyprus. They brought settlers from Turkey and filled our empty houses. A small part of our city, which was fenced and inaccessible, was still uninhabited. There is part of the beach, tourist beaches, hotels, the Hellenic High School of Famagusta, the Stadium, the Municipal Garden of Famagusta and the Palace of the Lyceum of Greek Women of Famagusta "says the vice president of the Lyceum of Greek Women of Famagusta Mrs. Valentinis of Erdogan, cleaned these buildings and deleted from the entrance of our High School its Greek name, as well as our High School "

Garden for… Tea


The reference point of Varosia was before 1974 and the Public garden, located just opposite Greek High school and Litchi Greek women. The garden was the focus of the famous "Name Date Orange", From the famous orange groves of the area, which took place every April in the city.


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The once adornment of Varosion however, it seems to have been the target of provocative designs Turkey and Pseudo-states. In the previous period, the occupying authorities maintained and beautified him Primary Garden Famagusta, with the aim of re-using it and signaling the intention of the conquerors not to return the city to its rightful owners.

Thus, technical crews restored the fountains, installed benches and tables, planted flowers and trees, and painted the walls and railings.

The resolution 550 of United Nations Security Council 1984 handed over the management of Varos to the United Nations in order to do so reinstallation of E / C residents only, who had been evicted. THE Turkey did not comply, but kept Varosha as a "bargaining chip" in the hope of convincing its inhabitants Cyprus to accept a solution to the Cyprus issue on their own terms.