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Three Dherynia suspects released, new demo on Saturday (Updated)

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Video screen grab from the demonstration last Sunday

Three people who were arrested on Thursday in connection with police investigations into the Dherynia checkpoint breach on Sunday, a 23-year-old living in the Famagusta district, a 27-year-old from Limassol and a 22-year old from Larnaca, were released on Friday for lack of evidence.

Six other people are facing charges over the incident and already appeared before the Famagusta district court throughout this week. They are accused of malicious property damage and participation in a criminal organisation, among other illegalities.

They all deny the accusations. Their case is due in court on November 16.

In the meantime, another demonstration will take place at the Dherynia checkpoint on Saturday, according to the Isaac-Solomou Memorial Initiative spokesperson Xenios Kasinides, who assured it will be carried out in a peaceful manner.

“As far as we are concerned, there haven’t been any indications in the past suggesting that tomorrow’s protest will not be held in a peaceful way,” Kasinides said.

“I don’t know why the general feeling is that the demonstration will not be a peaceful one, but we want to assure everyone that there will not be any problems tomorrow and that we are cooperating with the police. No one will be allowed to stir up any trouble.”

Kasianides also said that everyone involved in Saturday’s demonstration will respect the measures in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“We will strictly adhere to the guidelines in place. All people involved will wear a mask and keep a safe distance,” he said.

However, the mayor of Dherynia Andros Karayiannis said he was quite concerned about the potential consequences of the demonstration.

“We are very worried because of the incidents that occurred last Sunday. The same people who created trouble last Sunday might also be take part in the demonstration tomorrow,” he said.

“We are in constant communication with the police, with the UN forces in the area and with the National Guard, we are ready if problems occur.

“But at the same time, we urge all people involved tomorrow to demonstrate peacefully, so that the authorities are not forced to intervene.”

Karayiannis also said he supports the message of the demonstrators.

“I want to make it clear that the Dherynia municipality stands by those people who will be willing to peacefully protest against Turkey’s illegal actions in Varosha.”

 

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