Yiannis Sieritis, a peaceful 59 year old, farmer-coffee
shop owner-butcher. Father of 7 children (5 daughters and two sons)
from Agios Epiktitos, Kyrenia district, Cyprus and well-respected,
law-obiding citizen. Murdered by the Turkish Army on
27 July 1974. The murder was committed in cold blood, and after
Nicholas Yiannis Sieritis, (who was civilian and unarmed) was arrested by
Turkish soldiers. Turkish soldiers isolated him in an agricultural
area with carob trees east of Agios Epiktitos village, near the house of
Gregoriou (Ittos). They then proceeded in murdering him by
shooting him with fire arms. Subsequently, and after the murder was
committed, they forced another villager of Agios Epiktitos village, named
Theodoulis, to dig up a grave and to bury him at the spot where the murder
Nicholas Yiannis Sieritis from Agios Epiktitos
village, was one of the many thousands of Greek Cypriots that fell victims
of the ruthless STATE TERROR inflicted by the Turkish barbaric military
machine against Cyprus. Our message to the Turkish oppressors is
that WE WILL NEVER FORGET their crimes and atrocities against Hellenism
and Humanity. Their crimes will never be forgotten or let go unpunished.
We will ALWAYS STRUGGLE to RETURN BACK TO AGIOS EPIKTITOS OUR VILLAGE, AND
TO RE-UNIFY CYPRUS. This is the least we can struggle and fight for, not
just because we are the LEGAL owners and LEGAL inhabitants of Ayios
Epiktitos. Agios Epiktitos is where our murdered parents are buried, it is
the place of our origin, of our customs, of our culture, of our history.
Agios Epiktitos is the place where our identity exists!