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Occupation regime briefly arrests three Cypriots and ... a donkey
2003-09-26 17:07:16

Nicosia, Sep 23 (CNA) - Two Greek Cypriots, a Turkish Cypriot and a donkey were released today by the Turkish occupation ''authorities'', having being ''arrested'' yesterday during a demonstration at the Ledra Palace checkpoint.

UNFICYP Spokesman Brian Kelly told CNA that Greek Cypriot donkey owner Savvas Christodoulou, Greek Cypriot taxi driver Andis Kyriakides, and Turkish Cypriot peace campaigner Salih Taskin were ''fined'' two million Turkish lira each by an illegal ''court'', that is less than one Cyprus pound (approximately 1,5 US dollars).

The three men were arrested yesterday, along with a donkey, after trying to pass the checkpoint without ''proper documents'', except for the cardboard animal ''passport'' in the name of ''Mr Kypros.''

It was ''issued'' in the name of the ''United Federal Republic of Donkeys'' and came complete with a photograph of the animal.

The publicity stunt was sponsored by bicommunal groups who object to having to show their passports to travel within the island.

The donkey protest was a response to a comment made by Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash that the Cyprus donkey was the only thing native to the island.

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