Turkish Cypriots hold new anti-austerity protest

Turkish Cypriot opposition parties and unions are holding a new protest in divided Cyprus’ breakaway north against an austerity package they say Turkey has unfairly foisted on them.

Organizers resent deep private and state sector salary cuts. They also say they feel caught in their tiny enclave between an overbearing Ankara and the internationally recognized Greek Cypriot government they don’t trust.

Wednesday’s protest comes in the wake of a rally last month that badly strained relations between the 260,000 Turkish Cypriots and the Turkish government, after demonstrators displayed banners deemed insulting and anti-Turkish.

Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece.

The north is only recognized by Turkey, which maintains some 35,000 troops there.

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