In Cyprus, hotels on the sunny beaches around Famagusta are to be re-opened.
SV EXTERIOR Members of the Pan-Cypriot Refugee Committee, with placards denouncing re-opening of Famagusta hotels, getting out of mini-bus
CU Placards reading "No to colonisation of Famagusta" in English (2 shots)
GV Demonstrators with placards assemble
SV More people join demonstration having picked-up placards from van
GV ZOOM IN TO Men assembled for demonstration holding placards likening 'colonisation' of Famagusta to 'new Turkish invasion'
GV demonstrators marching through streets (2 shots)
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Background: In Cyprus, hotels on the sunny beaches around Famagusta are to be re-opened. But not everybody is happy about the announcement by the Turkish-Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, that the tourist trade will be revived. On Wednesday (17 January) several hundred members of the Pan-Cypriot Committee of Refugees staged a protest march against the move in Nicosia.
SYNOPSIS: These people are mostly wealthy former inhabitants of northern Cyprus, the area separated from the rest of the island on the line from Pomos Point in the west to Famagusta in the east. They believe the move by the Turks, who now occupy the area, to re-open their hotels in Famagusta is an attempt at colonising northern Cyprus and preserving the status quo.
Famagusta, with its temperate climate and sunny beaches, was Cyprus's best loved tourist spot before the Turkish invasion in 1974. Now it has become the focal point for Greek and Turkish negotiations on the future of the island. These demonstrators made their view plain about this port--where Shakespeare's Othello once struggled against the authorities.