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Demonstration against Akamas fires

The fires in the Akamas on earlier in the month (Forestry department )

A demonstration against Wednesday’s arsonist attacks in Akamas is taking place on Saturday outside the agriculture ministry.

Following the fires that broke out in Akamas, the organisation Save Akamas, Save Cyprus is organising a protest outside the new agriculture ministry near Kalispera traffic lights at 12pm with the slogan ‘Hands off Akamas’.

The fire broke out at 9.30am on Wednesday and took eight hours to extinguish, burning 70 hectares of pine trees, bushes and vegetation.

“Since 2017 the Akamas peninsula is systematically targeted by arsonists. During these three years, arsonists have set around 80 fires in or around the National Forest Park,” the announcement said. “The state is at best tolerating and at worst encouraging such criminal behaviours.”

According to the organisers’ announcement, protesters are demanding the government take appropriate measures and press charges against the perpetrators.

“Your crocodile tears are not enough to put out the flames you set at Akamas,” they said.

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