Cyprus: Tension outside the Presidential Palace and attack on a canal

A group of protesters took part in the nationwide march against the government’s new measures to curb the coronavirus and the Safe Pass, against the DIAS complex that houses SigmaLive.

Protesters then went to the Presidential Palace and set fire to the main gate, throwing bottles and stones at police who were there to stop them, according to philenews.com.

According to the APE-MPE, two police officers were seriously injured during the incidents. Colleagues provided them with first aid until an ambulance arrived.

After the march was completed, a group of protesters stormed the DIAS news group in Engomi.

There they caused damage to the courtyard, burned cars of both the employees and the station, while they also caused damage to the entrance of the building. Police rushed to the scene to protect the workers. At the time of the attack, Nestoras Vassiliou was present at the presentation of the main bulletin, who described what was happening at the entrance of the offices.

The episodes were condemned by the Speaker of the Parliament Annita Dimitriou, but also by the political and journalistic world as a whole.

The President of the Republic Nikos Anastasiadis described the attack as a blow against Democracy and legality, by posting on twitter: “The attack received by” Sigma “is a blow against democracy and against legality which is not tolerated. “He will respond strictly to those who ignore the law. Our health, the safety of our citizens and our democracy will not be left in the hands of irresponsible citizens.”

The episodes were also condemned by the Cypriot Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakidou: “I strongly condemn the cowardly attack against the band Zeus. Freedom of the press is sacred and non-negotiable in our European family. We must all fight the pandemic together. , always based on science “.

The Minister of Interior stressed in a post that mobs and thugs have no place.

Deputy government spokeswoman Niovi Parisinou condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms. In particular, he said that “the government condemns the unacceptable incidents, we express our full support to the people of Sigma, the President of the Republic is aware and we will be relentless, orders have been given in the good interest of all of us.”

ALPHA Cyprus condemns the violent incidents

ALPHA Cyprus condemns the violent incidents that took place on Sunday night at the DIAS Complex which resulted in the destruction of the reception area, the arson and destruction of vehicles as well as verbal violence against fellow journalists and employees of the Group.

The media is a key component in any democracy. Alpha strongly condemns the violent terrorist attacks against freedom of the press and democracy and expresses its full support for the leadership and staff of the Zeus Group.

KOED also condemns the incidents

The Cyprus Internet Publishers Organization (KOED) unequivocally condemns the actions of a group of citizens that took place on the night of Sunday, July 18, against the DIAS group. Freedom of the press and the protection of its officials is the duty of every democratic state and any attacks of violence against the media affect freedom of expression, pluralism and democracy. Things are getting worse. This is the second time in a very short time that this member of the journalistic family has been attacked. We call on the competent authorities to immediately investigate the incident in order to find those responsible, in order to bring them to justice and to protect the freedom of the press and the right of expression of the press.

MC DIGITAL MEDIA Group and the Cyprus Times condemn the incidents

The MC DIGITAL MEDIA Group and the Cyprus Times unequivocally condemn the shameful incidents that took place on Sunday night at the “DIAS” Group by a portion of citizens. We express our full support to the colleagues of the “DIAS” Group and call on the Police and the Government to identify the culprits and put an end to such attacks. An attack on the media is an attack on democracy itself.

Phileleftheros condemns the episodes in the band “DIAS”

Phileleftheros condemns the episodes that took place on Sunday night in the band “DIAS”. We express our full support to our colleagues and call on the Government and the Authorities to take appropriate action to stop the attacks on the media.

EDEK’s announcement about the attack on DIA

The cowardly attack on the band “Zeus” is condemnable and unacceptable. The K.S. EDEK expresses its full support and assistance to the employees of the station and in the performance of their journalistic duty. It is inconceivable that masked thugs quickly invoke the deprivation of their individual freedom and at the same time cowardly and criminally endanger the lives of workers and try to silence the press and any contrary view. We immediately expect the police investigation to identify those involved in the thrashings and for an exemplary punishment.

According to what the “Awaken Cypriots” page announced, the demands of the pan-Cypriot march were:

  • Immediate abolition of the illegal and unconstitutional “SafePass”.
  • immediate statement / commitment of P.T.D. and all parties and employers that the rapid test will not be charged to employees / citizens under any circumstances.
  • immediate commitment to abolish the rapid test every 72 hours.
  • immediate statement / commitment and declaration of P.T.D. and all parties and employers that vaccination with Covid-19 is by no means mandatory
  • to immediately stop the separation and discrimination of citizens into unvaccinated and non-vaccinated
  • to immediately stop intimidation, blackmail, dismissal threats against public and private sector workers for refusing to be vaccinated.
  • immediate repeal of illegal and unconstitutional decrees
  • immediate declaration by the president that the lockdown is illegal and unconstitutional
  • strengthening hospitals and general health with all the millions spent on useless rapid tests.
  • immediate increase in ICU beds by channeling all the millions that are thrown away unnecessarily in a useless rapid test or illegally given as “incentives” to citizens to be vaccinated
  • greater protection and measures to support and care for vulnerable groups for their immediate treatment in case of need

Source: sigmalive.com, philenews.com


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