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Aradippou residents announce new protest for Tuesday

Residents of Aradippou and of neighbouring communities will on Tuesday stage more protests against the construction in the area of a gold refinery plant.

A press release called on residents to join in a car convoy protest, beginning at 6pm and starting out from the Aradippou municipality building.

The action is taking place ahead of an Aradippou municipality council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, where it is understood that a vote will be taken on granting the proposed factory a construction permit.

Locals are suspicious of their council, as the session is to be held behind closed doors, according to the same press release.

This is in contrast to previous council meetings where members of the public were allowed in.

In addition, the session has been scheduled for noon, which locals believe is deliberate as most people are at work at this time.

The council almost always convenes late in the afternoon.

Residents fear the secrecy is intended to push through a fait accompli and green-light the project, which they oppose, citing health concerns.

The municipality has postponed a decision on the matter several times, due to local opposition.

Last weekend it was reported that the gold refinery could be moved to another site, specifically the Ayia Varvara industrial site in the Paphos district.

Officials from the Paphos Chamber of Commerce and Industry said they were keen on hosting the plant, should Aradippou municipality reject it.

 

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