Zygi

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Zygi
Zygi is located in Cyprus
Zygi
Zygi
Coordinates: 34°44′N 33°20′E / 34.733°N 33.333°E / 34.733; 33.333Coordinates: 34°44′N 33°20′E / 34.733°N 33.333°E / 34.733; 33.333
Country Cyprus
DistrictLarnaca District
Population
 (2018)
 • Total803
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Websitewww.zygi.com

Zygi (Greek: Ζύγι; Turkish: Terazi) is a small village on the south coast of Cyprus, between Limassol and Larnaca. Before 1974, Zygi had a mixed Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot population.[1]

Explosion[edit]

The Evangelos Florakis Navy Base explosion of 11 July 2011 damaged every house in the village.

Refugee centre controversy[edit]

In 2018, the village was the site of protests supported by anti-immigrant party ELAM and members of the local council against the building of a centre for unaccompanied refugee children.[2][3] Other residents disputed the protest.[4]

This controversy led to some Cypriots calling for a boycott of the village, which is famous for its taverns. Notably, a trip to the village by a nearby school was cancelled, after students refused to go, as they considered that their immigrant classmates wouldn't be welcome.[5]

Notable residents[edit]

Notable people who reside in the village are horror-mystery writer Fivos Kyprianou and folklore poet Chambis Achniotis and Sophia Moustras.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ZYGI". Internal Displacement in Cyprus. PRIO Cyprus Centre. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Outraged Zygi residents halt work on unaccompanied minors centre | Cyprus Mail".
  3. ^ Kωσtantinoy, Kωσtaσ. "Τα ορφανά του Ζυγιού και η ανθρωπιά που χάθηκε". Politis.com.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Zygi divided over refugee facility".
  5. ^ ""Μαθητές αρνήθηκαν να μεταβούν σε εκδρομή στο Ζύγι" (English: Students refused to go on an excursion to Zygi)". politis.com (in Greek).