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Angry response to blockade of crossing points

Dheryenia checkpoint on November 12, the day it opened

Political parties on Monday called for universal respect for the law after a group briefly blocked the Dheryneia crossing on Sunday calling for the closing of all crossing points.

The call from Akel and Disy came after some 50 people, members of a group calling themselves the ‘Non-party Initiative for the Closure of Checkpoints’ blocked the Dheryneia crossing on Sunday for around 10 minutes.

The group said that they would block different crossing points each Sunday until January 20. The next one is Strovilia, followed by Pergamos, Ledra street, Ledra Palace, Ayios Dometios, Astromeritis, Kato Pyrgos and Dheryneia again.

Sunday’s protest and the group’s intention of blocking a crossing each week has caused widespread anger and a call for action by authorities.

Ruling Disy on Monday said that they condemn every form of protest that restricts the rights of others.

The party said that even though it recognises the right to protest, “we cannot in any way accept the closure of crossings and the name-calling of our fellow citizens travelling to the occupied areas through the crossings.” It also called for respect of the law.

Main opposition Akel called on the police and the state to intervene. The protests, it said, against a government policy following the agreement between the two community leaders are “unacceptable and condemnable”.

It also called on the police to explain what measures were taken on Sunday during the road blockade and what they intend to do as regards the intention of the group to block other crossings.

A police source told the Cyprus Mail that the public are not allowed to block roads. In this case, the protest took place for a short period of time and did not disrupt vehicles crossing. But if the group tried to block a crossing where there was traffic, they would not be allowed to do it, the source said.

 

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