A small group of individuals who oppose 5G cell phone expertise is probably going chargeable for arson assaults towards 4 cell phone antenna installations in Cyprus’ coastal city of Limassol, a Cypriot police official mentioned Friday. Police spokesman Christos Andreou informed The Associated Press that regulation enforcement authorities have agreed with telecommunication service suppliers to step up safety measures round antenna installations together with stronger fencing and extra frequent police patrols.
A press release issued by state-owned Cyprus Telecommunications Authority mentioned that authorities are “greatly troubled” over the in a single day arson assaults towards antennas in three completely different elements of the town this week.
Some of the broken antennas additionally belong to the telecom authority’s cell phone rivals. Damage to one set up hampers cell phone connections within the space for weeks till repairs are accomplished, the authority mentioned.
Cyprus at present has no 5G community put in.
Similar acts of vandalism have been repeated dozens of occasions this 12 months in Europe, the place conspiracy theories linking new 5G cell networks and the coronavirus pandemic are fuelling arson assaults on cell towers.
Popular beliefs and conspiracy theories that wi-fi communications pose a menace have lengthy been round, however the international unfold of the virus on the identical time that international locations have been rolling out fifth technology wi-fi expertise has seen some of these false narratives amplified.
The newest assaults in Cyprus come on prime of three earlier arson makes an attempt towards older cell phone antennas in Limassol in the course of the Mediterranean island nation’s coronavirus lockdown, which was enacted in March.
A small, however vociferous on-line marketing campaign towards 5G alleges in social media posits that emissions from the community’s antennas pose a critical well being threat and could also be linked to the unfold of COVID-19 by weakening the human immune system.
The earlier incidents compelled Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades to challenge an announcement in April dismissing what he referred to as “groundless” fears that 5G poses any variety of hazard to public well being or security.
Andreou mentioned that police have opened 22 circumstances towards people for inciting others on-line to injury cell phone antennas.