T/C opposition reacts to granting ''citizenship'' to settlers
Turkish Cypriot Afrika newspaper (10/12/03) reports that Peace and Democracy Movement Party (PDM) leader Mustafa Akinci has appealed to the occupation regime?s "Supreme Court" to obstruct the applications for "citizenship" and prevent the inclusion of those whom they believe to have illegally become "citizens" from being included on electoral lists or obstruct them from voting if they have already been listed as voters.
Mr Akinci submitted the files on their case to the so-called Supreme Court Registrar yesterday. Briefing the press after his appeal, Akinci said that 14 December will concern the future of the Turkish Cypriots and noted that the elections must be transparent, democratic, and fair on that day. Stressing that they have filed a lawsuit to obstruct new applicants from acquiring citizenship, he said he hoped the outcome of their case will be auspicious for the future of the Turkish Cypriots.
Akinci asserted that no one has the right to create suspicion on the elections and noted that they will do everything they can to be able to account to the new generations. Akinci said that the Turkish Government must not remain silent and warned: "Remaining silent means complicity in an illegal activity. It means support for what is done."
Moreover, Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRISLI newspaper (10/12/03) writes that the "Turkish Cypriot Public Servants" Trade Union (KTAMS) is calling for a general strike in occupied Cyprus for the 14th of October.
In a statement made by KTAMS, the chairman of the Trade Union, Mr Ali Seylani, stated that the strike is organized in order to say ?stop? to those who act against the laws in ?a despotic and fascistic way? and who mortgage the future of the Turkish Cypriots. Mr Seylani also criticized Rauf Denktas and the so-called coalition government of the pseudostate stressing that ?in order to continue their sultanate? they illegally give "citizenship" to the people.
In addition, KIBRISLI newspaper (10/13/03) publishes a declaration of the platform ?This country is Ours? which calls on all the Turkish Cypriots to participate in a rally and a strike organized by the platform.
The declaration published in the paper is the following:
?Call for resistance. Against the application of all the illegal practices. In order to say ?Stop? to those who usurped the right of the Turkish Cypriots for a referendum and who now mortgage our future, for the future of our children, come workers, go on strike. Young, old, teenagers, mothers and fathers."