Cypriots want British war bases out

This video from Cyprus says about itself:

28 August 2007

Eleni Kostantinou lives sandwiched between the Turkish military checkpoint and the British bases in Strovilia, Cyprus, refusing to leave her home 33 years ago during the war.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Violence as protest calls for Britain out of Cyprus

Tuesday 03 January 2012

Police clashed with Cyriots rallying outside the British Akrotiri airbase near Limassol on Monday and arrested two of them.

The demonstrators demanded that Britain shut both its Akrotiri base and one at Dhekelia, west of Larnaca – facilities that it kept after Cyprus won independence in 1960.

Scuffles took place when security guards and police tried to break up the rally, with some protesters throwing stones.

Four police officers and one journalist were hurt.

The bases were used heavily by Britain during its bombing campaign to support rebels overthrow the Libyan government, and they also help funnel supplies to occupation forces in Afghanistan.

British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said last month that the coalition plans to hang on to the “sovereign base areas in a region of geo-political importance and high priority for the United Kingdom’s long-term national security interests.”

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