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Media Watch 2003

02 May 2003
Source: Independent
Author: Hans Pienaar
Comment: The following editorial appeared in the Independent of London on 2 May 2003
May Day demonstrations around the world


Cyprus

Greek and Turkish Cypriots, who celebrated May Day together yesterday for the first time in 30 years, urged Turkey to end the occupation of northern Cyprus and called for a reunification of the island.

The celebrations became possible as tens of thousands of people continued to cross the United Nations buffer zone splitting the island after, on 21 April, Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, lifted a ban on Turkish Cypriots crossing the border. Since then more than 160,000 people have crossed.

Waving red banners, hundreds of Turkish Cypriot trade unionists marched from the occupied north of Nicosia, the divided capital city, to join trade unionists in the main square on the Greek Cypriot side…"