EOKA Freedom Fighters Get Their Day in UK Courts

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A UK judge has ruled that 34 Greek-Cypriot EOKA independence fighters will get their day in court in a case centering on human rights violations by the British Empire during the 1950’s, reports The Guardian.

The case goes forward because Judge Kerr rejected the defence’s argument that the Cypriot statute of limitations laws should apply.

The 34 Cypriot freedom fighters were jailed and tortured during the war of independence against the British Empire. They were not the only ones. Many abuses were carried out during the era, take for example the case of 19-year-old poet Evagoras Palikaridis, who was hung for fighting with EOKA.

One wonders how he would have felt knowing that universal human rights won this round, even after so many years.

I’ll take an uphill road
I’ll take the paths
To find the stairs
That lead to freedom
I’ll leave brothers, sisters
My mother, my father
In the valleys beyond
And the mountainsides
Searching for freedom
I’ll have as company
The white snow
Mountains and torrents
Even if it’s winter now
The summer will come
Bringing Freedom
To cities and villages
I’ll take an uphill road
I’ll take the paths
To find the stairs
That lead to freedom
I’ll climb the stairs
I’ll enter a palace
I know it will be an illusion
I know it won’t be real
I’ll wander in the palace
Until I find the throne
Only a queen
Sitting on it
Beautiful daughter, I will say,
Open your wings
And take me in your embrace
That’s all I ask

Evagoras Palikaridis