Public urged to unite to protect antiquities in Yeroskipou

Members of the public are being urged to attend a protest on Saturday aimed at protecting an area of rich and significant archaeological interest in Yeroskipou.

Organised by the district committee of Akel, it is supported by the Paphos Greens and will take place on Saturday at 10am, next to a small church and the Phaethon Hotel on the seafront in Kato Paphos.

Mayor of Yeroskipou, Michalis Pavlides told the Cyprus Mail he would also attend.

The dispute centres on the government’s decision to declassify the Hellenistic archaeological site and allow the church to develop it. Many locals and officials want the decision overturned.

Protests against the planned two tower blocks and a hotel began after important finds were announced in the area.

Pavlides confirmed that the Yeroskipou council will meet the Antiquities Department and the land department in Nicosia on September 23, and hope to persuade the authorities to swap the piece of land earmarked for development for another nearby to protect the site which is of significant archaeological interest.

Pavlides noted that the Department of Antiquities’