Martyrs from İnönü village who were ambushed and killed by Greek Cypriots whilst on their way to work in Gazimağusa on July 12, 1958, were remembered yesterday with a special ceremony.

The ceremony which marked the 62nd anniversary of their deaths took place in front of the İnönü Martyrs Monument and wreaths were laid according to protocol.

Following this a minutes silence was observed and three rounds were fired in salute to the martyrs.

Flags were raised to the national anthem followed by the reciting of poems highlighting the significance of the day.

Delivering a speech at the ceremony Prime Minister Ersin Tatar emphasized that the Turkish Cypriot people had waged their struggle for existence for nothing and that they had put up an epic fight for their freedom and independence as well.

Noting that a great duty fell upon the Turkish Cypriot people, Prime Minister Tatar said the relationship between the TRNC and Turkey needed to be protected and Turkey’s guarantees preserved in order for Turkish Cypriots to exist and have a thriving future on this island.

Also speaking at the ceremony, Deputy parliamentary speaker Zorlu Töre for his part reminded that the Turkish Cypriot people had paid a great price to reach where they are today.

He added that the people of İnönü had also paid a high price.

Noting that the Turkish Cypriot people were united, deputy Parliamentary Speaker Zorlu Töre said, “We need to keep the memory of our martyrs who sacrificed their lives for us alive. This is the only way to save the future generations.

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