Opposition parties hold demo against government

Opposition political parties and NGO’s staged a protest in front of the assembly building on Tuesday, expressing their dissatisfaction over the government’s track record.

The protest was supported by the Social Democracy Party (TDP), the United Cyprus Party (BKP), the New Cyprus Party (YKP), the Turkish Cypriot Civil Servants Union (KTAMS), the Turkish Cypriot Teacher’s trade union (KTOS), the Turkish Cypriot Secondary School Teachers’ Trade Union (KTOEOS), DEV-Is, DAU-SEN and GUC-SEN.

The parties and NGOs issued a joint declaration that criticised the “government’s stance and actions” in the fields of education, health and social life. It also expressed dissatisfaction over the illegal distribution of TRNC citizenship, increasing the population, putting further strain on the infrastructure and complicating the solution to the Cyprus problem.

The statement further underlines that the imposition of policies followed by the UBP-DP coalition aims, on the one hand, to dispel the Turkish Cypriot community and assimilate it with Turkey and on the other, to bring the Cyprus negotiations to a deadlock.

The statement called the Turkish Cypriot community to resist and oppose the imposition of governmental policies.

The United Cyprus Party (BKP) organised a protest and a press conference in front of the Ministry for the Interior building on Wednesday.

According to a written statement issued by BKP, the party was protesting against the irregularities committed by the government and the continuation of granting TRNC citizenship which threatens the existence of the Turkish Cypriot community.


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