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Aradippou residents block roads in gunpowder protest

A protester taking part in the demonstration (Christos Theodorides)

Residents of Aradippou on Saturday blocked the Rizoelia roundabout on the Larnaca motorway in protest over the continued storage of tonnes of gunpowder near a residential area.

Residents closed the roundabout for some 15 minutes demanding the gunpowder, which is used to make shotgun cartridges for hunting, be moved elsewhere.

The issue emerged earlier this year, after local authorities requested that some 30 tonnes of gunpowder used to make hunting cartridges be removed from its industrial estate, fearing the consequences of a potential accident.

The unit, located in an enclosed industrial area belonging to Larnaca municipality and within Aradippou’s boundaries, threatens the safety of around 1,250 buildings, including commercial, houses, apartment blocks, schools and nursing homes, the municipality said.

The unit has been operating in the area for years, but in 2016 it received permission to store some 34 tonnes of gunpowder.

According to the municipality, the unit had secured a town planning permit by derogation, through a cabinet decision in 2016 without asking Aradippou.

 



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