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Racist Attacks on Foreign Nationals in Greek Cypriot Administration: Far-Right Tendencies Exposed


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Racist Attacks on Foreign Nationals in Cyprus

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A series of racist attacks took place in Cyprus on Friday, targeting foreign nationals. These attacks were carried out by a group of far-right and racist individuals belonging to the National Popular Front. The incidents occurred during an anti-immigrant protest in the city of Limassol.

The Attacks

Reports suggest that around 350 masked rioters, and possibly up to 500, participated in the attacks. They threw Molotov cocktails and stones, set fire to rubbish bins and cars, and targeted the migrants and their businesses. Bystanders were seen fleeing for safety as the attackers shouted anti-immigrant slogans. The police arrested at least 13 people involved in the violence. Even journalists covering the riots were attacked by the masked men.

Previous Unrest and Lack of Action

This is not the first time such incidents have occurred in Cyprus. Just last week, similar unrest targeted Syrian migrants in another town, leading to the deployment of tear gas and water cannons by security forces. The authorities have been struggling to effectively tackle the rising number of racist attacks in the country. Over the past 16 years, 413 racist attacks have been taken to court, with 125 cases still pending in the courts.

Counter Protests and Government Response

In response to these far-right protests, the leaders of the Greek Cypriot administration held an emergency meeting. The head of the administration, Nikos Christodoulides, expressed his shame over the events and called for those responsible to feel the same. Additionally, hundreds of people took part in counter protests against fascism and racism in Cyprus, demanding an end to such actions.

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