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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Rizokarpaso Gymnasium in Turkish occupied Cyprus

Published on Apr 24, 2012 - Α documentary with English subtitles about the history of the gymnasium school which is located in the remote area of Rizokarpaso in Cyprus. Few Greek-Cypriots have remained living in this enclave, which is within the part of Cyprus occupied since the Turkish invasion of 1974, for the last 38 years. The Gymnasium was closed down following the invasion in 1974. Thanks to the struggle of the community and the efforts of the Cyprus government, it was reopened in 2004.The existence of the gymnasium is one major reason why the families do still live in the enclave of Rizokarpaso. It constitutes the sole Greek-Cypriot voice in the occupied territories of Cyprus. The documentary includes recent filming in the area of Rizokarpaso and interviews with former and current students and teachers, Greek as well as Cypriot, about the history of the gymnasium. Never before seen documents dating back to 1917 attest to the establishment of the first nucleus of the Rizokarpaso Gymnasium.

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