Organizations protested against Akinci’s participation in Nevruz celebrations

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Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (23.03.16) reports that 25 civilian organizations have described as “big misfortune” the fact that Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, self-styled prime minister Omer Kalyoncu and some so-called ministers had participated in Nevruz celebrations held last Sunday in occupied Trikomo area.

Holding Turkey’s and the “TRNC’s” flags [Translator’s note: The breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus], the organizations protested yesterday in front of Akinci’s office. A statement was read out by Tuncay Ozkarasahin, chairman of the Turkish Cypriot Youth Initiative.

Afterwards they met with Akinci, who told them that “we are all against terrorism either this is the PKK or the Islamic State”, adding that he thinks that people should peacefully live together regardless of their origin. “Excuse me, but I cannot see the entire Kurdish people as PKK. I participated in this activity last year as presidential candidate and this year as president. There is nothing wrong in this. […]”

Akinci said that he chatted with the people in the celebrations for the coming of spring and the wakening up of the nature and danced for a couple of minutes. He added: “There was absolutely no flag and slogan when we were there. After we left, it is said that a group of young people with flags and slogans came. We did not see anyone. If some slogans were shouted after we left and these are contrary to the law, the justice and the legislation, the state has organs which will prosecute this. They will do whatever is necessary”.

Recalling the terror attack in Brussels, Akinci said that terrorism has no nation, religion and language and can be everywhere, adding that terror is an enemy of peace and humanity, but we cannot identify it with communities. “There were people at the place I went. I did not go to the PKK”, he noted.

Speaking during the meeting, Ozkarasahin said he was also there at the celebrations and saw “state officials” in a cortege identified by PKK’s symbols and flags something which saddened him. “When you were dancing yellow, green and red colours were there around you”, he told Akinci noting that these are the colours of the PKK.

Upon this remark, Akinci replied: “What shall we do? Shall we prohibit the colours as well? Where have colours been prohibited until now?”

Source: Pio

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