This is an official translation as it was published from the original authors of the archived text.
This leaflet was published in 2010 by Planodio Steki Dromou (Πλανόδιο Στέκι Δρόμου) in Lefkosia.
Your first job: Learn how to kill!
The army. Two words we try not to think of, but our time will come, just like everyone else, when our ‘homeland’ will need us, to do ‘our duty.’ The army is an institution which violates young people’s freedom, wastes their time, and tries to make youths into soldiers, ready to fight and die for a homeland they did not choose.
Each year, during the summertime we watch as some men wearing suits and ties cry over the high levels of youths avoiding the army and suggesting ‘modern’ solutions such as the forbiddance of driving a car or the forbiddance of working in the public sector be applied to those who did not serve in the army. They state that youths who refuse to become killers are traitors and irresponsible. At the same time, alternative ways of serving for those who chose not to enlist are at least vindictive since they last much more months and are composed of a series of useless work.
It is completely natural for youths to not wish to serve in the army.
We, as youths and thus in the heart of the matter, are obliged to show the futility and non-necessity of serving in the army. Let us realize that there should be nothing separating us. After all, we are all humans, Turkish, Greeks, Cypriots; the geographical location in which someone was born does not matter: we are all equal. Let’s realize that our enemies our common: those who promote hatred between us, and that turning against each other definitely does not serve our best interests. Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots alike, let’s accept only one battle: that for the removal of all armies from the island!
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