This is what happened at Akfinans Bank North Cyprus auction

I had never seen true evil at work, up close and personal, but today I did.

The crowds started arriving before 9 a.m for the 10.00 a.m start of the auction. Suddenly the crowd started clapping and cheering and this heralded the arrival of Founding President Rauf Denktaş. Mr Denktaş took a seat alongside the land registry representative and briefly went through his paperwork with him. Mr Denktaş addressed us briefly and advised us that the bids would be made by putting it in writing and placing it on the desk in front of the land registry representative. The auction would finish at 12 noon. If no bids were received the auction would be postponed. Mr. Denktas said that there were laws in place to stop this happening now but unfortunately our case pre-dates these laws.

Whilst Mr. Denktaş was present, no bids were put forward. As soon as Mr Denktaş left, the cockroaches crawled out of the woodwork. One man approached the desk and appeared to make a bid. The crowd erupted booing, whistling, jeering and shouts of no, no, no echoed round the gathering, some of the most vociferous being Turkish Cypriot people. The bidder was escorted by a ring of police, and this is when I let my feelings get better of my good sense. I elbowed my way through the crowd, through the police and up very close to the bidder. I shouted this was our homes, look at my face, look at my face, see what you are doing to us, I was crying. The bidder said I did not understand, he was trying to help us, aware by now that several TV cameras were filming us, I said if that were true, he was a saint and kissed him on both cheeks. Did I believe him – would you?

During the morning the legal representative of the bank informed one of our group they would be bidding on one of the Kocans, they would not evict anyone, they were doing this because Yuksel Yilmaz was refusing to sign anything over to them and it was better this way. Better for who?

Before 12 noon AKFINANS BANK LIMITED submitted a bid on BOTH Kocans, which was the winning bid, thus proving, yet again, their word is not their bond.

Kulaksiz 5 as a group are stunned. It is hard to believe that the unthinkable has happened. People in the autumn of their lives have everything they have worked and saved for snatched from them. I wonder how AKFINANS would react if they suddenly found someone had done this to their grandparents. The real crime is that the TRNC say they have done nothing wrong. If today’s turn out is anything to go by, the people who elected them do not agree.

If there were a run on the bank following this, and I am NOT advocating there should be, they will have only themselves to blame. When you do bad things, people will think badly of you.

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