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What does 'Enosis' mean to you, today?

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:35 am

As we wish our fellow Greeks, with whom we are tied by blood to historical and cultural lands, a happy, symbolic, Independence Day, we recall that this was when the struggle for liberation from the Turkish yoke started. It is nowhere near ended. Remaining (inter alia), is the continuing occupation of 40% of the pinnacle of the Greek world, Cyprus.

Foreign countries conspired to keep us cut-off from this continuing liberation struggle by disconnecting us from other Greek islands and the mainland. We were not allowed to become part of "Liberation". Isolated to be kept occupied by Brits (SBAs) and Turks.

- The RoC has remarkably removed some of these barriers; finally, unashamedly, reconnecting us with Greece. Let's reclaim the word 'enosis' from its foreign-inspired, derogatory meanings and feel free to say that we native Cypriots are 'united Greeks', still fighting for freedom.

We have enosis with Greece and it's NOT a dirty word. United. :D
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Re: What does 'Enosis' mean to you, today?

Postby Robin Hood » Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:07 am

Of course you have 'Enosis' you and Greece both joined the EU! :?
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Re: What does 'Enosis' mean to you, today?

Postby Sotos » Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:21 am

Enosis means union and today the word on its own doesn't mean much... probably most people will think of a football team if somebody talks about Enosis ... or maybe of EU (Evropaiki Enosi)! Nobody thinks of the word "enosis" to mean union with Greece today! But you are right that the only people who think of this word as something bad are those foreigners who have strategic interests in Cyprus. They don't want to hear about us Greeks uniting! They want to keep us divided and weak so they can easily take what they want from Cyprus!
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Re: What does 'Enosis' mean to you, today?

Postby Me Ed » Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:27 am

Enosis is a total irrelevance in this day and age and needs to be consigned to the dustbin of history.

Enosis is, in fact, a good word for foreign "interests", as it gives them the perfect excuse to exercise those "interests".
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Re: What does 'Enosis' mean to you, today?

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:33 am

Both, RH and Sotos, have very good points of view. No negative connotations associated with 'enosis' in there. :)

Our spiritual enosis is acknowledged. Plus our political Union within the EU.
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Re: What does 'Enosis' mean to you, today?

Postby kurupetos » Sun Mar 25, 2012 2:46 pm

Me Ed wrote:Enosis is a total irrelevance in this day and age and needs to be consigned to the dustbin of history.

Enosis is, in fact, a good word for foreign "interests", as it gives them the perfect excuse to exercise those "interests".

I agree, now it's not a good time to strive for Enosis. You never know what will happen in the future though... :wink:
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Re: What does 'Enosis' mean to you, today?

Postby Viewpoint » Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:09 pm

Viva la Enosis with Turkey. :wink:
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Re: What does 'Enosis' mean to you, today?

Postby Robin Hood » Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:27 pm

Off the subject a bit but, a couple of questions;

1. What is wrong with being Cypriot, why do you want to be Greek? That has always puzzled me!

2. In the same context as Cypriots being the ones who should determine their national loyalty, how does the ‘panel’ feel about the residents of the Falkland Islands, wishing to be British but the Argentines are adamant that the Islands belong to them because they share the same continental shelf and Argentina is the nearest country.

Whose claim is the most just/valid, the Islanders or the Argentines?
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Re: What does 'Enosis' mean to you, today?

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:22 pm

Me Ed wrote:Enosis is a total irrelevance in this day and age and needs to be consigned to the dustbin of history.

Enosis is, in fact, a good word for foreign "interests", as it gives them the perfect excuse to exercise those "interests".


What might be redundant ("irrelevance" ; surely not?) is the type of 'enosis' fought in the 50's, instigated primarily to remove the British. Also redundant is the type of enosis fought by GCs to unite with the fascist, (thankfully temporary) junta. But neo enosis is the ideal which would freely allow the native Cypriots to express their cultural preferences, tied between the Greek islands and mainland for thousands of years; to unify their aims and goal of firstly freeing the rest of Cyprus from foreign invaders (turks) or colonialist imposers (SBAs).
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Re: What does 'Enosis' mean to you, today?

Postby kurupetos » Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:24 pm

Viewpoint wrote:Viva la Enosis with Turkey. :wink:

We are the two sides of the same coin. :lol:
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