25.06.2020 – As Union of Cypriots, we would like to announce to the public that we welcome the return of the Avrupa newspaper with its name, which has been bravely fighting against Turkish occupation for decades.
Since its first publication in 1997, Avrupa newspaper discomforts occupiers and collaborators, and this is why it becomes a target of shootings, bomb attacks and lynches organized by Turkey. There were countless court cases that opened against its writers and the editor in chief Şener Levent by the occupation regime after Turkey’s incentive. In 2001, Avrupa newspaper closed because of Rauf Denktaş’s pressures and initiatives, and later continued its way under the name Afrika, until yesterday.
The latest event happened on 22 January 2018, when the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a lynch directive to the illegal Turkish settlers from live television. The newspaper headquarters were then attacked and a massacre attempt happened.
In the past weeks, an unfair smear and lynching campaign was launched against the newspaper’s name and logo by so-called non-governmental and media organisations. The common point of these organisations is them being “bi-communal, bi-zonal federationists” that live on European Union grants in the occupied areas. After this lynch campaign, Şener Levent decided to change the newspaper’s name to Avrupa (Europe) again.
Regardless if it comes from the occupiers, the separatist-segregationist “bi-communal, bi-zonal federation” supporters or others, the lynching attacks to the most valuable fortress against the occupation in this island will be defended by the Union of Cypriots. We will continue our struggle shoulder to shoulder, until our victory day for the independent Republic of Cyprus.
Respectfully announced to the public.
Cyprus for Cypriots!
Union of Cypriots – Kıbrıslılar Birliği – Ένωσις Κυπρίων