The US embassy has warned American citizens and its staff to avoid areas where demonstrations are scheduled to mark the the anniversary of the 1996 events leading to the deaths of Tasos Isaac and Solomos Solomou.
“Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates,” the embassy said in a statement. “Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.”
The areas in question are: Friday, August 4, 2017, approximately 40 motorcyclists from the motorcycle federation plan to ride their motorcycles from Paphos through to Pyrgos and up to the Republic of Cyprus Checkpoint at Limnitis.
Saturday, August 5, 2017: Between 8.30 am and 10 am, approximately 800-1,000 motorcyclists from across Cyprus plan to ride to the Republic of Cyprus checkpoints at Ledra Palace and Agios Dometios in Nicosia.
Activities on Saturday are expected to affect traffic in the downtown area of Nicosia and areas around the checkpoints.
Sunday, August 6, 2017: Demonstrations are expected to take place the day of the Memorial Services near the UN monitored Buffer Zone near the town of Deryneia, south of the Famagusta area.