Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots demonstrate against nuclear power

Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots gathered on Wednesday evening on both sides of the divide, at Ledras Street, in Nicosia, on the occasion of the 31st anniversary of Chernobyl’s tragedy, to demonstrate against the use of nuclear power and the construction of a nuclear power plant in Akkuyu, Turkey.

Representatives of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot parties and organizations created a human chain, while holding candles and banners with slogans as “No to nuclear power” and “Nuclear-Free Mediterranean Zone”.

In a joint declaration, read during the demonstration, participants stressed that the nuclear power is dangerous and recalled that the accidents in Chernobyl, 31 years ago, and in Fukushima, six years ago, had detrimental consequences both for the environment and the people.

They also expressed their concerns over the construction of a nuclear power plant in Akkuyu, Turkey, just 90 kilometers off the northern coast of Cyprus, warning that a possible accident will cause great suffering and destruction in the region of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

Source: Cyprus News Agency