Cyprus Condemns TV Station Attack By Rioters Opposed To Covid Measures
Umer Jamshaid 10 days ago Mon 19th July 2021 | 08:43 PM
The Cyprus government Monday condemned militant protesters opposed to its Covid curbs and vaccination campaign who attacked a television station and clashed with police the previous night
Nicosia, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 19th Jul, 2021 ) :The Cyprus government Monday condemned militant protesters opposed to its Covid curbs and vaccination campaign who attacked a television station and clashed with police the previous night.
Parliament speaker Annita Demetriou also condemned the attack Sunday evening in the capital Nicosia and stressed the need "to protect democracy and freedom of speech at any cost", the Cyprus news Agency said.
Five people were arrested and police were looking for another 10 suspects filmed by CCTV cameras after the violence which followed a rally by some 5,000 protesters outside the presidential palace.
Some demonstrators had carried signs that lashed out at public health measures and labelled the government's Covid SafePass a "Slave Pass".
Another protest banner read: "My body, my choice - This is about Tyranny vs Freedom." Hours later, television viewers on the Mediterranean island were shocked when a broadcast by Sigma tv was interrupted by protesters who stormed the building.
The anchor, Nestoras Vassiliou, announced live on the air that the building was under attack while screams could be heard.
Sigma TV has been outspoken against anti-vaccination campaigners, and the station has been targeted in previous protests against anti-coronavirus measures.