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Bum rap for a Cypriot ass

NICOSIA (AFP) – Two Greek-Cypriot campaigners for freedom of movement were arrested yesterday after presenting authorities in the Turkish-occupied north with a mock passport for their donkey. The men were bundled into a car by plainclothes Turkish-Cypriot security agents shortly after crossing a UN-manned checkpoint and pulling out a «passport» for their four-legged companion. The donkey was taken away. The donkey’s cardboard «passport» read «Mr Kypros,» was «issued» in the name of the «United Federal Republic of Donkeys» and came complete with a photograph of the animal – whose occupation was listed as «worker.» The men, one of whom was identified as 73-year-old Savvas Christodoulou, told the border guards they wanted to travel to the Karpas peninsula – the northeastern panhandle once largely populated by Greek Cypriots. The publicity stunt was sponsored by bicommunal Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot groups who object to having to show their passports to travel across the island.