TRNC government’s refusal of peaceful, silent candlelit Vigil “is illegal”

I am tempted to say, well what a turn up for the books. Someone, I do not even know, has kindly emailed me details of why I should not have been denied ‘permission’ to mount our Silent Peaceful Candlelit Vigil, and if I read it correctly, why I never really needed to apply for permission. If I were cynical, I might think a Government conspiracy had been mounted against the Vigil so that it could not take place in tandem with the Protest held in London on the 4th October.

It would seem, reading the legal opinion of a very learned TRNC Lawyer that ‘prevention of people protesting the confiscation of their homes is illegal.’ Under the KKTC Constitution everyone, including residents from other countries have the right to organise and demonstrate against these confiscations. It is the opinion of this very learned gentleman that if Human Rights are violated (as in this case), then International Law over-rides local law. He is in effect saying that the Nicosia (Lefkoşa) courts ignored the law. If more attention had been paid to section 11 of the Constitution then the authority would know that regardless of whether I was a citizen or not, I had the right to Protest, as do we all in this situation. He also sites sections 13 and 32 of the Constitution.

That my villa was confiscated in a criminal and very frightening way is a matter of public record. That my Human Rights have been violated, over and over and over again, and that I am a co-Petitioner in the ECHR case now in Strasbourg is also a matter of record. That the Government should now be party to a further violation of my Human Rights is unconscionable. Every innocent victim of mortgage fraud here in the TRNC faces the possibility of having their homes confiscated (hopefully in a less violent way than mine was stolen) and according to the information I now have, HAS THE RIGHT TO DEMONSTRATE AND SHOW THEIR DISSENT AT THESE ACTIONS. The law here allows it. We had planned a SILENT PEACEFUL CANDLELIT PROTEST, not a noisy demonstration, why would that have been so unacceptable and why was I denied this right?

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