July 15, 1974: The Cyprus Coup that Gave the...
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A tank is seen in the streets of Nicosia on July 15, 1974. Public Domain On July 15,1974, a military coup took place in Cyprus instigated by the junta in Athens, giving Turkey the pretext to invade five days later. The plotters overthrew the President of the Republic of Cyprus Archbishop Makarios and installed a “marionette” government under journalist Nikos Samson. Their aim was to unify the island with Greece , the Union being a nationalist ideal for some Greeks and Cypriots as well. Five days later, the Turkish army invaded Cyprus and their occupying forces remain on the northern part of the...
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