Protest at crossing after British bases staff refuse entry of family to village
Turkish Cypriot residents of Pile held a protest at the Beyarmudu crossing after British bases personnel refused to allow a family to return to the village from the North because the children did not get tested for corona virus.
Pile muhtar Veysel Güden Veysel Guden, argued that the Turkish Cypriot health ministry had agreed that children under 12 do not need to be tested.
When the family tried to return to Pile, through the crossing which is run by the British bases, they were not allowed to cross because the children had no certificates.
In response, mothers from Pile held a protest, forcing authorities to close the border checkpoint, thus preventing access to Turkish Cypriot workers who wanted to cross to the south.
The Greek Cypriot side allows crossings between the two sides only if people present a negative coronavirus test not older than 72 hours each time they cross. The Turkish Cypriot side asks for a test certificate only for the first time someone crosses.
A bases spokesperson said: “We are advising anyone wishing to use the Pergamos (Beyarmudu ) crossing point into the North that they will need to present a negative corona virus test certificate to return to the south.
“We continue to liaise with authorities as the situation develops.”