Murders and Acts of Violence

Oral Answers to Questions — Cyprus – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th June 1958.

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Photo of Mr John Biggs-Davison Mr John Biggs-Davison , Chigwell 12:00 am, 10th June 1958

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement about the recent murders and other acts of violence committed by terrorists in Cyprus.

Photo of Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd , Mid Bedfordshire

In the last two months three United Kingdom members of the security forces and eleven Greek Cypriots have been murdered by EOKA. The Turkish Cypriot terrorist organisation has murdered two members of its own community. Four Greek Cypriots have been killed in clashes with Turkish Cypriot mobs during the weekend. A Turkish Cypriot woman has been murdered in her home and a Turkish Cypriot Auxiliary Policeman has been killed by an unknown gunman. A great deal of other violence and damage to property has been done.

Photo of Mr John Biggs-Davison Mr John Biggs-Davison , Chigwell

Is it a fact that a British subject was slowly beaten to death in the presence of his wife very close to a police station, and is my right hon. Friend satisfied that everything is being done to maintain the discipline of the police force, to ensure that full protection is given to Her Majesty's subpects, and that law and order are rigorously maintained at this important time?

Photo of Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd , Mid Bedfordshire

That is indeed one of the major preoccupations of the Governor and of Her Majesty's Government.