•   
  •   

World Cyprus condemns TV attack by protesters opposed to COVID measures

21:34  19 july  2021
21:34  19 july  2021 Source:   aljazeera.com

Democratic socialists ignore Cuban protesters railing against communist dictatorship

  Democratic socialists ignore Cuban protesters railing against communist dictatorship Anti-government protests broke out Sunday in Cuba demanding freedom and calling on an end to the country’s communist dictatorship, and yet some of the U.S.’s most outspoken Democratic socialists seem to be in lockstep by not acknowledging the historic events unfolding on the island about 90 miles from Florida. Fox News has emailed Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Sen. Bernie Sanders and has yet to receive a response from any of them. As of early Monday, none have even mentioned the protest on social media.

The Cyprus government has condemned protesters opposed to its coronavirus curbs and vaccination campaign who attacked a television station and clashed with police.

a person standing in front of a building: A member of the Cyprus national police stands guard at the entrance of the headquarters of local broadcaster Sigma TV after protesters attacked the premises [Torbey/AFP] © Provided by Al Jazeera A member of the Cyprus national police stands guard at the entrance of the headquarters of local broadcaster Sigma TV after protesters attacked the premises [Torbey/AFP]

A protest against measures to contain the pandemic and COVID-19 vaccinations escalated on Sunday after an angry mob attacked the premises of the Cypriot television station Sigma.

The state will not be threatened by people who, “citing irrational conspiracy theories, try to lead the country back into the Middle Ages”, said President Nicos Anastasiades on Monday.

Tensions flare as Erdogan heads to breakaway north Cyprus

  Tensions flare as Erdogan heads to breakaway north Cyprus Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan heads to breakaway north Cyprus Tuesday, to mark the anniversary of Turkey's 1974 invasion, a visit infuriating Greek Cypriots with island reunification talks in limbo. "Erdogan believes Greek Cypriots do not want the peace, but to keep the status quo," Ioannou said, accusing the Turkish president of exploiting Varosha as a "card" for "retaliation".Erdogan's visit is seen as a show of strength to support a two-state solution to the island's decades-long division, but also to bolster his ambitions to dominate the strategic eastern Mediterranean.

“The health, safety of our citizens and our democracy will not be left in the hands of irresponsible citizens,” Anastasiades said in a tweet.

Cars belonging to the station’s staff were set on fire outside the

media building and demonstrators threw stones and incendiary

devices, Cypriot media reported.

Parliament speaker Annita Demetriou also condemned the attack in the capital Nicosia and stressed the need “to protect democracy and freedom of speech at any cost”, the Cyprus News Agency reported.

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”.

Turkish President Erdogan in the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus, a visit closely followed by the EU

 Turkish President Erdogan in the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus, a visit closely followed by the EU © AFP - Adem Altan Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is visiting the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus Monday and Tuesday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is visiting the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus Monday and Tuesday. In particular, he will participate in the ceremonies for the anniversary of the Turkish army intervention in Cyprus, on July 20, 1974. This invasion, in response to the project of the settlement regime in Athens to annex the island, had endorsed its score.

Cyprus introduced the pass last week. It allows only those who have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID to enter supermarkets, malls, restaurants and other businesses.

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 air that the building was under attack while screams could be heard.

The protesters, many of them hooded, hurled bricks, flares and home-made petrol bombs, torched several cars outside and ransacked the lobby.

When police confronted the protesters, 12 officers were wounded, including seven who were treated in hospital, the Cyprus Mail reported.

Later in the night, police clashed with protesters outside the presidential palace and used tear gas against them, said the newspaper.

Cyprus is experiencing a fourth wave of coronavirus infections driven by the transmissible Delta variant. It has so far recorded more than 90,000 cases of coronavirus and 384 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

The government last week expanded its COVID-19 vaccination rollout to include teenagers aged 16 and 17, following the new surge, and it has stepped up efforts to persuade young people to take the jabs.

Sigma TV has been outspoken against anti-vaccination campaigners, and the station has been targeted in previous protests against anti-coronavirus measures.

Anastasiades said, during a visit to the station Monday, that the government stands “by the side of all mass media to be able to freely express opinions”.

Cyprus divers create digital tours of wrecks and reefs .
Divers in Cyprus are creating immersive digital tours showcasing the Mediterranean island's underwater sites, to raise awareness about biodiversity and promote tourism. While authorities are hoping the mapping project will stimulate tourism, it also aims to promote environmental awareness.  Artificial reefs, such as the sunken boats, can boost the biodiversity of nearby natural reefs by creating new havens for oceanic fauna.Mapping the sites makes them "more accessible to tourists and the general public," Constantinides says.

usr: 0
This is interesting!