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Students set to flood town centres for UDI protests

Students are expected to flood Nicosia and other cities around Cyprus on Thursday morning to protest the 35th anniversary of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) marked in the north.

Protests will take place under the umbrella of the Pancyprian Coordinating Students Committee (PSEM) and the Pancyprian Federation of Student Unions (Pofen), starting at 10.30am with a march in Nicosia starting from Famagusta Gate that will finish at the Ayios Kassianos checkpoint.

In Limassol, demonstrations will be held at the old hospital at 10.30am, followed by an event at Gregoris Afxentiou square.

In Larnaca, Paphos and Famagusta protests start at 11am.

Parties and organisations have issued statements condemning the UDI which is only recognised by Turkey and more protests are expected later in the day.

On 15 November 1983, nine years after the Turkish invasion of the island, Turkey instigated and endorsed a ‘unilateral declaration of independence’ in Cyprus’ occupied areas announced by the Turkish Cypriot leadership.

The United Nations Security Council with Resolutions 541 and 550 call upon all States to respect the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, unity and non-alignment of the Republic of Cyprus. They also describe the UDI as ‘legally void’.

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