Turkish Cypriot Police Remove Greek Cypriots Rallying in Famagusta



Turkish Cypriot police interrogated a group of protesting Greek Cypriots on Tuesday morning.

The incident happened as the group was waiting on Glossa beach in Famagusta for the arrival of European Parliament lawmakers on fact-finding mission to the area that borders the fenced-off ghost town of Varosha.

According to a Cyprus News Agency (CNA) report, the police erased photos from the cameras and phones of nine people — eight Greek Cypriots and one British citizen — before they forced them away claiming it was a military area.

The nine people then moved to join more Greek Cypriots on the road in front of the Constantia Hotel awaiting the arrival of the MEPs, CNA reports.

Dozens of Turkish Cypriots waving flags and shouting slogans had also gathered in the area to greet the MEPs.

Turkish and Greek Cypriots protest. Greek-language banner reads: “Ammohostos (Famagusta) is marching and is still alive.”

The MEPs are to conduct a fact-finding mission in the area on Tuesday.

The purpose of the mission is to reassess the situation in Famagusta and to raise again the issue of the return of Varosha to its lawful inhabitants.

Varosha, a once-thriving holiday resort been sealed off since the 1974 Turkish invasion and according to the UN the Turkish military is responsible for it.

Repeated attempts to hand the area to UN administration and its Greek Cypriot lawful inhabitants have so far failed due to the stance of the Turkish army, the CNA said.