Kıbrıs Postası -Hasan YIKICI and KP Daily News
Minister of Public Works and Transportation Hasan Taçoy, was a guest on Serhat İncirli’s Kibris’ta Bugun (Today in Cyprus) program on Kibris TV this morning. “You will not open!” Taçoy accepted that the police’s attitude against the conscientious objection activists was double standard who wanted to open a banner on the 15th November ceremonies as was removed from the parade area by the police who used disproportionate force.
However while commenting on the activist’s banner Taçoy said “You should not open such a banner” Criticizing the banner and the activists after claiming that he believes “freedom of speech is not a crime” Taçoy said; “All young people go to the army, why these three should have any privileges? You will not open such banners. Because if there are laws in this country, in normal circumstances to make this an issue and speak about it is a crime.” “Freedom of speech is not a crime,” said Taçoy but just after adding “I wonder how this right is used in the world” and implied that a banner in favour of conscientious objection “might not be accepted”.
“Police used double standard.”
On the question of whether the police used double standard, Taçoy said; “The police used double standard but probably the reason for that were the three activists’ previous actions. So police might have done the wrong thing or maybe it was the right thing. If police didn’t intervene the onlookers might have done it”. Taçoy noted that the banner issues of 29th October and 15th November are both crimes. “It is wrong to make the military service an issue,” he said. Taçoy appeared to be rather uninformed about the concept of conscientious objection as he implied that in his opinion conscientious objection means privileges for a small group to be exempt from army. As for “freedom of speech” Taçoy thinks it’s a right which doesn’t apply to ideas regarding army.
Hasan Taçoy evaluated the DP-UG resignations and said that the backbone of National Powers (UG) is broken. Taçoy stated the resignations negatively affected the period. “All the alternatives in the country are obvious. If there is a chaos or a government crisis, the alternatives will decrease from 3 to 2.”
On the question of whether Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu interfered in the resignations, Taçoy said; “Unfortunately no, Eroglu did not inspire this. Eroglu does not intervene in these issues. He does not tell anyone to resign.” “The backbone of UG is broken.” Taçoy said the following about DP-UG: “The part characterised as UG (United Forces) has broken its backbone. We had joined our power with our friends. We stared with 8 MPs. 4 of them won, while 3 lost the elections. However, after we set off from that road, none of the 7 MPs came together to speak.”