A small group of people that oppose 5G cellular phone know-how is probably going liable for arson assaults towards 4 cellular phone antenna installations in Cyprus’ coastal city of Limassol, a Cypriot police official mentioned Friday. Police spokesman Christos Andreou instructed The Related Press that legislation 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 “vastly troubled” over the in a single day arson assaults towards antennas in three completely different components of town this week.
A number of the broken antennas additionally belong to the telecom authority’s cellular phone rivals. Harm to at least one set up hampers cell phone connections within the space for weeks till repairs are accomplished, the authority mentioned.
Cyprus presently has no 5G community put in.
Related acts of vandalism have been repeated dozens of occasions this yr in Europe, the place conspiracy theories linking new 5G cellular networks and the coronavirus pandemic are fuelling arson assaults on cell towers.
In style beliefs and conspiracy theories that wi-fi communications pose a menace have lengthy been round, however the world unfold of the virus on the identical time that nations have been rolling out fifth technology wi-fi know-how has seen a few of these false narratives amplified.
The most recent assaults in Cyprus come on high of three earlier arson makes an attempt towards older cellular phone antennas in Limassol throughout 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 severe well being threat and could also be linked to the unfold of COVID-19 by weakening the human immune system.
The sooner incidents compelled Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades to situation a press release in April dismissing what he referred to as “groundless” fears that 5G poses any form of hazard to public well being or security.
Andreou mentioned that police have opened 22 instances towards people for inciting others on-line to wreck cellular phone antennas.