Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan found himself in front of a wave of resistance in occupied northern Cyprus, which was expressed, among other things, by a large demonstration.
As dozens of Turkish Cypriots marched in Nicosia in favor of "freedom", their main slogan was "Peace for the future".
As the protesters were mostly young, the question is whether they can become the core of a resistance to the policy of the Turkish leadership that controls, as has become apparent since the last "elections", the "government" of the Occupied Territories.
It is recalled that since the end of October, Erdoğan is the new occupying leader.
"There is a large portion of Turkish Cypriots who resist Turkish policies"
Ersin Tatar defeated Mustafa Akıncı in the second round of the illegally held elections in northern Cyprus.
The fact that Tatar received 51.74% while Akinci received 48.26% , with an abstention of about 40%, gives important indications of a strong rivalry within the pseudo-state.
"There is a large portion of Turkish Cypriots, both young and old, who oppose Turkey's policies," Antonis Stylianou, professor of International Law at the University of Nicosia, said to Sputnik Hellas.
"A very large percentage of the population is said to want the reunification of the island on the basis of a solution from the Makarios-Denktash and Kyprianou-Denktash agreements, and the UN agreements and resolutions," he continued.
"However, the deep state of Turkey managed to proceed with the election of Ersin Tatar, a leader who will put everything on the table before the solution through legal means and previous decisions," the professor added.
"Erdogan is moving forward, young people are resisting"
On the same wavelength is the legitimate mayor of Famagusta, Simos Ioannou, who pointed out to Sputnik Hellas that the key to the continuation of the Cyprus issue is the five-member committee, but also at the same time there is a large minority that reacts in the Occupied Territories.
"Erdoğan is moving forward, young people are resisting. These are young people with a Cypriot conscience and mainly left-wing political figures (including the youth of the Left Movement and the Union of Communist Revolutionaries), despite the fact that this event was also supported by the youth of the Republican Turkish Party," he said.
"Famagusta is not a place for picnics and cheap political games"
However, the only sure thing, as he estimates, is that Erdoğan and Tatar will bring investors to the Occupied Territories, aiming at their tourism and economic development, so that "on the one hand they consolidate their presence and on the other hand they join the resistant Turkish Cypriots".
As the mayor of Famagusta explained, the legal Municipality continues its informative action and its claims with the slogan "We did not pay".
"Famagusta is not a place for picnics and cheap political games. It is a desolate homeland that demands justice. It is our homeland," he concluded.