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ELAM demo calls for all checkpoints to be closed

Members of ELAM turned out in force on Saturday night for a demonstration in Dherynia against the opening of any more checkpoints held under the slogan ‘Close all checkpoints NOW’.

The event was held a few metres away from the place Tassos Issak and Solomos Solomou were killed during anti occupation demonstrations in August 1996.

ELAM’s Marios Vasiliou spoke at the event about how the republic’s finances were haemorrhaging with the opening of the checkpoints as more money is heading north.

Famagusta MP Linos Papayiannis spoke about the numbers of signatures on a petition organised by ELAM and handed in to the president on Thursday against the opening of any more checkpoints and calling for the closure of those already opened. The location of the Dherynia checkpoint so close to where two of his fellow villagers were killed is another reason to keep it closed, he said.

Solomou’s father and the mother and wife of Isaak were also at the demonstration.

Calling for the checkpoint to not open, ELAM president Christos Christou said in “other countries, heroes are honoured, monuments are built in their memory in such places.”

Following an agreement between President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, the Dherynia checkpoint, along with that in Lefka, is set to open to traffic on Monday.

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