Peace and Freedom Day 2016
Ceremonies will be held across the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to mark 42 years since Turkish forces landed in Girne as part of an operation to save Turkish Cypriots from annihilation.
This year’s celebrations have been toned down as a result of the coup attempt in Turkey on the weekend with all banquets, receptions and concerts being cancelled in respect for the loss of life.
The annual dawn vigil held at the Yavuz Çıkarma Beach (Escape Beach) where Turkish forces first landed in 1974 will start tonight at 11:30pm.
Crowds gathered at the beach will wait until dawn in a symbolic event to mark the arrival of Turkish troops.
Concerts and a fireworks display at the event however have been cancelled.
Visiting delegations from Turkey and abroad are also being received by President Mustafa Akıncı, Speaker of Parliament Sibel Siber and Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün.
Wreath laying ceremonies will be held at the Boğaz Martyrs’ cemetery, the mausoleum of the late Turkish Cypriot peoples’ leader for struggle and freedom Dr. Fazıl Küçük and the tomb of the late founding President Rauf Raif Denktaş this evening.
Tomorrow’s first ceremonies will take place in front of the Atatürk Monument and the Martyrs’ monument in Lefkoşa.
Wreaths will be laid and minutes silence will be observed at the ceremonies, followed by the national anthem and the signing of the special books.
The main ceremony of the day will be held Dr. Fazıl Küçük Boulevard in Lefkoşa.
The military parade will start at 9:30am to be followed by speeches by President Mustafa Akıncı and the Turkish Grand National Assembly’s Deputy Speaker of Parliament Mehmet Akif Hamzaçebi who is representing the Turkish government at this year’s celebrations.
Similar ceremonies will take part in Girne, Gazimağusa, Güzelyurt, Lefke, Akdoğan and Geçitkale.
Editor´s note: The Youth Department’s folk dance show, the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality Janissary Band show and the civil and military aircraft parade have all been removed from the official programme of the Lefkoşa parade on Wednesday 20 July.
The Ankara Metropolitan Municipality Janissary Band and the Turkish Stars aerobatics show which was to take place in Girne on 20 July has also been cancelled.
Source: BRT World News