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Residents call for antenna to be removed

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A group of residents in Berengaria, Limassol handed over a letter to local leaders on Tuesday asking them to remove an antenna they claim has increased bouts of cancer in the area.

The letter, delivered to the Polemidia mayor and councillors, said the antenna near the Irinis and Filias stadium needed to be removed and promises they had received so far were empty and were related to upcoming elections.

Leader of the protesting residents Andreas Hadjipanayis said a 15-day period local councillors had asked for to see what they could do had expired.

Residents demand local leaders provide evidence by Friday that the antenna has the relevant permit, a contract with mobile phone companies and an environmental study.

One resident, Yiorgos Serdaris was diagnosed with leukemia a year ago. In the same week, a neighbour was also diagnosed with leukemia, they said.

Serdaris claims the antenna is to blame and claims it is there without legal permission.

He added scientists he commissioned showed high levels of non ionizing radiation.

Nevertheless, Polemidia mayor George Georgiou said the antenna was placed in the area three years ago following a decision by local councillors and complaints by residents that they did not have a good enough phone signal.

He went on to add that the state department of electronic communications often takes readings and never found any problems in relation to the controversial antenna.

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