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Disy councillor expelled from party for racist comments

Georgios Lakkotrypis described called Paphians as 'the only true Turks'

The Larnaca municipal councillor Georgios Lakkotrypis was expelled from ruling party Disy on Wednesday after racist comments made on social media where he referred to Paphians as “spawn of the Turks”.

Furore broke out on social media on Tuesday after a Facebook comment by Lakkotrypis, a member of Disy, who called Paphos citizens “the only true Turks”.

“Turkish Cypriots were Paphians who changed faith to save their properties. In other words, spawn of the Turks,” he said.

Disy president Averof Neophytou responded by requesting the executive office to expel Lakkotrypis from the party. His request was unanimously accepted.

On Tuesday, Neophytou tweeted that “the position of G. Lakkotrypis has no place in the political discourse of Disy. Different views are respected but racist speech cannot be tolerated.”

Lakkotrypis was expelled from the party “due to his manifest violation of party principles and policies”, Disy said in its announcement on Wednesday.

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