Monday, 9 December 2013
The Monument of Hero Elias Papakyriakou, Nicosia
Elias Papakyriakou is one of the many heroes Cyprus has given birth to.
A fighter for the freedom of the island, Elias Papakyriakou fought and died during the 1955-1959 struggle against the British colonists.
He died on September 2 1958 at one of the most heroic acts of the EOKA struggle.
Along with 3 more friends (Fotis Pittas, Christos Samaras and Andreas Karyos) they were surrounded on a barn, in Liopetri village, by the British troops after a long period of manhunt. The four of them gave an epic and uneven battle until they were killed by the bullets of the British troops.
"I will live a free man or I will die fighting" is written on the monument!
The monument is found in the area of Egkomi in Nicosia near the Cyprus exhibition centre.