Tasos Isaak, Solomos Solomou: I do not forget

By Lefteris Charalambopoulos

By coincidence 11 August, 1996, was a Sunday, as it was this year.

Cyprus once again divided was commemorating the coup and the Turkish invasion -violence, occupation and partition.

At the time, associations of Greek-Cypriots motorcyclists took an initiative to make a big anti-occupation march-drive.

They wanted to peacefully dispute the Turkish occupation and had invited motorcyclists from other countries.

Everyone tried to hinder them and accused them of ignoring the repercussions. The others argued that a Cyprus solution would come through negotiations and the international community.

These are the negotiations that over 40 years have not solved the problem, and the international community has remained largely indifferent.

Most backed off.

Some persisted.

They entered the "dead zone" of the "green line".

On the other side the forces of the occupation regime and settlers were awaiting them.

Some were trapped in the wire barriers and they were ruthlessly beaten.

Tasos Isaak (photo) was not entrapped but yet he ran to help a comrade.

He was beaten to death.

That was because he wanted to see his country united once again.

That was because he could not stand wire barriers dividing his country.

That was because he yearned to see a Cyprus in which all citizens can move freely throughout the entire island.

From the photograph one saw the slogan on his shirt "Motorcyclists dare - Liberation the ONLY solution".

After his funeral and amidst emotional and enraged reactions Solomos Solomou climbed a pole at a Turkish guardpost and attempted to remove the Turkish flag.

He was shot dead by a bullet from an adjacent Turkish guardpost....

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