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Construction work destroys Aglandja graves

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Outrage has erupted following accusations that construction works by the side of a cemetery have destroyed graves and desecrated the grounds.

Efi Xanthou, of the Greens party, claims that the works damaged many graves on the site and that she even found part of a skull.

The old cemetery in Aglandjia municipality is flanked by hills which the local authority sought to stabilise to protect houses and prevent accidents.

Xanthou took to social media to express her shock and dismay at what she says are scenes similar those witnessed at some Christian cemeteries in the north – with broken crosses and disregard for the dead.

“Shame! We shout about the desecration of cemeteries in the occupied areas, but if one is to come see the old Aglandjia cemetery they will see that the same desecration has been carried out by our services,” she wrote on Facebook.

In her post, she tagged the mayor and other local officials and said that answers must be given.

Xanthou said that fortunately her grandmother’s grave was undisturbed but that many others were less fortunate.

Other graves, she said, have been moved around with there no longer being any clear indication where people have been buried.


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