TRNC workers and Union protest fuel and price hikes

Turkish Cypriots on Friday carried out a protest against fuel and price hikes and, the new financial protocol on support from Turkey. 

Union members gathered outside the ‘prime minister’s office’ in Lefkosa and will march to the the ‘parliament’ around 6.30pm.

The members chanted slogans like “Increases, torture, suffering” and “How far will this go?”

The Republican Turkish Party (CTP) called on people to join the protest to defend their rights.

“While the Turkish Cypriot people have so many vital problems when it comes to the economy, production, purchasing power and labour, the government is trying to take society back a century by introducing laws limiting fundamental rights and liberties,” a statement by the party said.

The protest also garnered support from the People’s Party.

“We want a future where rights and freedoms will not be restricted, and democracy, the will of the people and our way of life, especially secularism, will be respected,” it said in its own statement.

Meanwhile, the Turkish Cypriot association of journalists announced that they will also be holding their own 24-hour protest outside ‘parliament’ on Monday as part of the “Freedom is bigger than you, do not touch it” campaign.

Journalists called on parties and unions to support Monday’s protest, which will be focused on the three bills included in the protocol restricting freedom of expression and speech.

TRNC labour unions also reacted to the contents of the protocol, threatening with an indefinite strike if it was approved.

Cyprus Mail

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