Turkish Cypriot environmental protection officers – who had gone to the Karpas (Karpaz) peninsula to implement a court order to shut down and eventually tear down two popular beach enterprises – were faced with resistance from protestors on Wednesday.
Bungalow owners Burhan Kalin and Gultekin Erdogan, accompanied by the residents in the region, had closed off the roads leading to the bungalows to prevent the officers from entering and thus shutting down the businesses. Back in April, the owners of two popular beach enterprises on the eastern tip of the peninsula had been given two months to tear down their buildings, having been previously jailed for two months.
Burhan’s Bungalows and Teko’s Place have been operating for several years on the idyllic Golden Beach situated in the environmentally sensitive and rich area just south-east of the town of Rizokarpasso (Dipkarpaz).
Though their enterprises initially had the blessing of the local authorities, the status of the biodiverse region changed after the area was listed among the EU’s potential NATURA 2000 protected sites.