J.Lo Cancels Gig in Turkish-occupied Cyprus

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Jennifer Lopez was set to perform in Cyprus, but everything was halted when it was brought to Jennifer’s attention that there were human rights violations in the country. And everyone called for her to cancel and succeeded!

According to TMZ,

Lopez was scheduled to perform in Turkish-occupied Northern Cyprus … an area that neither the United Nations nor the European Union recognize as an independent sovereign state … because of the way it was illegally occupied by the Turkish military in 1974.

In fact, multiple Greek and Cypriot politicians expressed anger after reports surfaced claiming Lopez had agreed to perform at a swanky hotel in Northern Cyprus on July 24.

But a rep for Lopez tells TMZ, “Jennifer Lopez would never knowingly support any state, country, institution or regime that was associated with any form of human rights abuse.”

The rep added, “After a full review of the relevant circumstances in Cyprus, it was the decision of management to withdraw from the appearance. This was a team decision that reflects our sensitivity to the political realities of the region.”

National President Nicholas A. Karacostas sent this letter to Jennifer’s Publicist,

“It is sad and disheartening that a grandiose celebration is planned where countless human rights violations and the forced movement of population occurred almost 36 years ago to the day of Turkey’s brutal illegal invasion; an invasion and subsequent occupation that remain a grave injustice to this day,” said Karacostas, a refugee who was born in the now occupied city of Kyrenia where the performance is planned.

He cautioned, “Ms. Lopez’s celebrity presence will be used to lend credence to an illegal entity recognized only by Turkeyinternationally, and that is unfortunate.”

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