Cyprus: 'Barbarian will always be barbarian' — protesters rally against Varosha beach reopening

Greek Cypriots protested in Deryneia, south of Famagusta on Saturday against the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' decision to reopen the abandoned Varosha beach, which had been closed since the Turkish invasion of the island 46 years ago. The rally comes a day before the Northern Cyprus' presidential election runoff. Protesters and bikers could be seen gathering next to a memorial site for Tassos Isaac and his cousin Solomos Solomou, two Greek Cypriots killed in 1996 while protesting the Turkish occupation of Northern Cyprus. ''The Cypriot government needs to wake up, and the Greek government needs to wake up,» a protester said. «They should wake up to bring the necessary military equipment. They should arm us, this is the only way we will liberate the country. Nothing comes out of negotiations, a barbarian will always be a barbarian,» he added. Previously a popular tourist destination Varosha has been under Turkish military occupation since the 1974 military intervention into the ongoing civil war between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. Varosha has been fenced off and a large part of the city has stood abandoned ever since.

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