British Banish Archbishop Makarios from Cyprus to Seychells

British Banish Archbishop Makarios from Cyprus to Seychells

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The British government banishes Archbishop Makarios, head of the Cypriote Orthodox Church, to the Seychelles Island in the Indian Ocean.

Makarios has been making it difficult for Britain to maintain control of Cyprus - Britain wants it for a naval base, but most Cypriotes want to join Greece and Makarios is the leader of the "Union with Greece" movement. The next day, Greece will recall their ambassador from London in protest. Even Archbishop of Canterbury Geoffrey Fisher calls it an act of barbarism.

Colonial Secretary Alan Lennox-Boyd explains later that removing Archbishop Makarios is necessary for the sake of order and peace:

"There might well be more extreme people in Cyprus but the archbishop unleashed forces he could not control... Because of his great position and his direct incitement to violence, his removal was essential."

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