Statement by the General Secretary of the C.C. of AKEL A.Kyprianou on the government’s new measures

Society is being punished because of the indiscipline of a small minority

Indiscipline will cost us all dearly

AKEL C.C. Press Office, 31 March 2020, Nicosia

  1. The government yesterday announced new restrictive measures for citizens aiming to control the spread of the coronavirus. It is the Government’s obligation and right to take decisions and as citizens we are obliged to comply with the measures so that the chain of the virus’ transmission can be broken.
  2. The times we are going through are critical. We all have an obligation to work together to deal with the situation. The main responsibility for confronting the pandemic lies with the Government. However, it goes without saying that when the Government takes unilateral decisions we have every right to judge and express our own different views.
  3. It is not right that the whole of society is accused because of the indiscipline shown by a very small section of the population. According to yesterday’s violations, the percentage recorded (Note: violation of the restrictions on public movements without justification) was 1.5% or 15 people per thousand. Nor is it right for the state to shift its own responsibilities on to society.
  4. The Government says the measures are targeted. Many of them indeed are. However, a very important parameter is missing. The whole of society is being punished because of the indiscipline shown by a very small section of people. No separate measures are envisaged for this small minority. We strongly believe that additional penalties must be imposed on them.
  5. We consider that the majority measures are in the right direction. However with regards some of them there should have been more reflection so that better adjustments could have been made. More specifically:Statement on the Cypriot gov

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