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Liopetri hunters in election boycott protest

Hunters from the Famagusta district community of Liopetri will on Tuesday night be handing in their voting books in protest over more stringent fines that were recently introduced.

Making the most of the pre-election period ahead of the February 2018 presidential elections, the hunters will be making their move at an event that will also be attended by MPs.

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While the state says the tougher measures were brought into place to stamp out poaching, protect vulnerable populations of game and help protect the natural environment, the hunters insist the authorities are trying to boost state funds

They complain that while hunters are being fined as much as €2,0000 per offence, the state has done nothing towards arresting people poisoning hunting dogs, taking more concrete action against hare poaching, or strengthening the populations of other game.

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