Turkish Cypriot who placed occupation flag in Antarctica died in an avalanche

Occupied Northern Cyprus flag Antarctica Turkish Bircan Ouzun

Turkish Cypriot climber Birkan Uzun, who in recent days became known for placing the flag of the pseudo-state of occupied northern Cyprus on the highest point of Antarctica, which reaches 4,892 metres.

According to Turkish-language media, the 28-year-old was killed after being swept away by an avalanche.

Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar expressed his condolences in a post on social media, saying: “Our Birkan, who devoted himself to his country and nation with love, will always live in a special part of our hearts.”

Bircan Ouzun, 28, who was born in occupied Morphou and worked as a business consultant for a company in Seattle, said that his plan is to climb the highest points on all seven continents.

“It’s a very proud feeling to be able to fly the [occupation] flag at the highest peak, I wanted to thank the country where I grew up,” Uzun said, referring to the pseudo-state.

Climbing Vinson Massif in Antarctica was the fifth part of the plan, which he called “Seven Peaks.”

He climbed the mountain with a five-member team, saying that when he talks about the pseudo-state he wants to send the message that they have lived under an embargo for years, but they can do anything when they set goals.

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