Lopez Sparks Outrage Over Cyprus Performance

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July 6, 2010 | 4:00am EST

Jennifer Lopez has come under fire for accepting an invite to perform at the opening of a new hotel complex in northern Cyprus – because the launch coincides with the 36th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of the island.

The Jenny From The Block hitmaker has been booked to play at the opening night of the luxurious Cratos Premium in the Turkish Cypriot part of the popular tourist destination.

But the news has been met with outrage by officials at the Cyprus Action Network of America, who have started a campaign calling on Lopez to scrap the gig as it falls on the 20 July – the date Turkish troops invaded the Greek-owned island in 1974.

A letter of petition from the Cyprus Action Network of America reads, “It is with dismay and shock that the people of Cyprus and especially the Greek Cypriot women in the Republic of Cyprus and elsewhere in the world heard the news that you intend to attend the inauguration of a hotel in the occupied by Turkey (sic) part of our native country.

“The Turks go to a great length to secure support from people like you in order to promote their political ambitions and objectives. Does your charitable work and status permit you to give credibility to Turkish rapists, thieves, invaders, occupiers of our stolen properties?”