1. Year begins with strikes in Limassol Port
Workers for Greek subcontractor construction company VIOTEK went on a lengthy strike after the company made it clear they will not honour contracts and collective agreements binding the sector.
2. People continue to be sick and tired of armies
A parallel demilitarisation march was held on the 15th of February. The police wasn’t particularly thrilled by that, blocking access to the park overseeing Paphos Gate. Protests met in the buffer zone anyway.
3. Unions and civil society groups create a common anti-austerity platform
Trade unions and social groups affected by the financial crisis began seeing their struggles as interconnected and created an advocacy platform, with mobilisations throughout the year.
4. Peace activists give Ledra/Lokmacı Street a much needed redecoration
Conscientious objector Murat Kanatlı was released from jail in March, and that warranted an anti-militarist gathering.
5. Tourist resort town mayors no longer get to abuse the Commons without opposition
In April, a citizens’ initiative turned the entrance to Paralimni Municipality into an artificial beach, giving the mayor a taste of his own medicine. Initiatives to protect natural coasts and access to the Commons pop-up in all coastal regions of Cyprus.
6. Even in Larnaka
Larnaka and Ormidia residents protested the forced industrialisation of their coast.
7. For the first time since 1958, all communities of Cyprus came together to celebrate Labour Day, in the buffer zone
The notion of a united working class, beyond ethnic divisions, probably didn’t sit well with the media, who underplayed the event.
8. The LGBTQ community in Cyprus celebrated its first ever Pride
May has been a month of LGBTQ-related events, and it culminated in two Pride Parades, one in north and one in south Nicosia (our ridiculous divisions even affect Pride marches!)
9. We had a real Peace Operation
Since 2010 an annual concert is being held in Nicosia Old Town on August 14, telling Ayşe and her frienemies to buzz off.
10. Our message wasn’t always welcome.
Sometimes even a banner can make the police a little upset. Especially on a ‘national day’.
The owner of AquaSol Hotels might have diverted his assets to a non-bankrupt company, but the 400 workers are demanding their several months of unpaid wages still
12. The Parliament was also transformed into an artificial beach
Since Hasikos seems to like them so much…
13. Antifascist Christmas in Limassol
Solidarity with our imprisoned comrades.
14. We just really love hanging out in the buffer zone
The UN aren’t too thrilled to have us though. Bunch of meanies…
15. Year ended with a solidarity demo outside the migrants detention camp
Only a few days before 2014 was over, a Syrian refugee was found dead under suspicious circumstances. The police was quick to forget about it.
About the author
Reporting from Cyprus, aiming for non-hierarchical participatory journalism