Cyprus Mail

Anti-war concert in the north

THE day of the anniversary of the second phase of the 1974 Turkish invasion was chosen for the “anti-militarist peace operation” concert which is to take place in the north on Friday.

The concert, which takes place for the sixth year in a row, is organised by the bi-communal group “Convention for the anti-militarist peace operation”, that aims to raise awareness on freedom, co-existence of peoples and against militarism.

The choice of the date is of significance, the group said, as it is the day during which the second phase of the Turkish invasion took place, on August 14, which started with the infamous phrase “Let Ayse go on a holiday”, by the then Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit as a code to begin military operations.

The event, which is part of the group’s wider struggle against all armies, was named “anti-militarist peace operation” they explained, as an ironic answer to the “peace operation” with which Turkey describes the 1974 invasion.

The concert will take place at the Selimiye square in the north of Nicosia at 8pm.

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