Ungrateful bastards!

114 refugees fleeing the war in Syria make the mistake of landing in Cyprus at RAF Akrotiri. They were aiming for Greece but missed and ended up in Cyprus. A bit if a mistake, but Akrotiri is UK sovereign territory so they got lumbered with us. Fair enough – they’ve escaped the war…

We take them in and provide them with tents as shelter while we sort out what’s going to happen with the Cypriots. The Cypriots don’t move quickly, and the migrants were taken to the new ‘temporary transit facility’ at Dhekelia as authorities said it was ‘more suitable accommodation’. They’re frustrated at being confined there, but they’ve got food and shelter and they’ve escaped the war.

On Monday night they decided that things weren’t moving the way they wanted, so they set some of tents on fire and started protesting – aka rioting – and had to be restrained by British forces. So now they’re still frustrated and have less tents to shelter in – but they’ve escaped the war.

Ironically one of the men responsible for stirring things up is a Palestinian from Lebanan – so he hasn’t got a war to escape from! He said “We didn’t want to come here. We were going to Greece. None of us wants to be here… we should go to England. We told them we want to go to England, but they told us, “no”. Now we’re in a British prison.”

The British government’s point of view is that they don’t want to risk opening up another migrant route into Europe via the Cyprus bases. Quite right too. They want to go to England? Well technically they already are and, after all, they have managed to escape the war.

My point of view? Well, you’ve got food and shelter and you’re safe. Presumably the Syrians amongst you – the genuine refugees – are a lot safer now than they were when they were back in Syria. So I’m very sorry that you feel we should be shipping you to the UK and housing you, feeding you and giving you benefits…

…but if you don’t like it, then fuck off back to the war zone you say you were so desperate to escape from!


7 responses to “Ungrateful bastards!

  1. Isn't Cyprus itself still a war zone? You know, with them Turks and Greeks and all?

  2. Officially I suppose it is, although there seems to be an unofficial acceptance of the status quo.

    I was there a couple of years back and the 'peace line' through the centre of Nicosia is now open for foot passengers and there are crossing points like the one we drove through.

    Far from settled tho' and I thought the bloody great big Turkish flag carved into the hillside facing the south was just a tad provocative. However, officially it never was a war – a bit like the Falklands was not a war. Ridiculous isn't it?

  3. Or like that small skirmish in South East Asia that the locals call “The American War” was not a war either. A Police Action I think they called it. What's in a name? A lot it seems.

  4. In a “Declared” war, you couldn't do lthis. But all's fair in Police Actions with enemy combatants. Innit?

  5. Coincidence or what!

    Today the leaders of the Greek side and the Turkish side of Cyprus had a nice wee chat about some sort of “federal solution” to the “Cyprus problem”.

    It went rather well and the pair of them had a lovely fish supper and agreed to meet several more times this month.


    Of course there was a change of boss-man on the Turkish side earlier this year and the present incumbent does genuinely seem to be prepared to sort of talk about things. Up to a point, like getting shot of the Turkish troops stationed on his side, oh and resolving the property they confiscated from the Greeks when they did their ethnic cleansing bit. But they have given permission for Greeks to enter military areas on the Turkish side where it is believed there are as many as 30 mass burial sites of Greeks killed during their internal conflict, that sort of somehow happened to include several thousand troops from the Turkish mainland.

    The fact gas was discovered offshore in Cyprus is what's got them talking again. The UN is there for window dressing. Greeks want to exploit the gas, which is fine, but not sufficient to process onshore. They need access to the Turkish pipeline – and that means going over parts of the northern part of the island and of course dealing with Turkey.

    While massively repugnant, common sense does prevail.

    The line you mentioned is called “the Green line” and it does wend its way across the island. In Nicosia it happens to include a bunch of garages, workshops and store houses. One had brand new Toyota cars in it – and while it is known that the cars disappeared some time ago, it was only recently that the Toyota importer got paid by his insurance company.

    It also contains the original airport – and there, stranded on the apron is a Trident aircraft that's been stripped of parts. Also a couple of what are now reasonably collectable cars.


    It's believed that there may be quite a number of motorcycles stuck in this no man's land, some are quietly “liberated” and a bunch hit the Greek side a couple of years ago. Kawasaki 100's 2T.

    Of the 115 refugees that landed slap bang at Lady’s Mile beach (so missing the lights at Paphos as well as Limassol as well as numerous villages along the south coast, only 6 have claimed asylum in Cyprus (paid for in full by the British gov't).


    Meaning 109 went directly to Akrotiri with the express intent of getting a back door to the UK.

  6. Shame they didn't stay in the tent when they set it alight.

  7. Genuine refugees do not decide where they are sent. These people are more likely to be luxury-seekers, parasites on the backs of the really needy.