Police and mobile units were outside the offices of Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Afrika’ to keep apart two groups who had gathered there.
Initially a hostile crowd attempted to attack the building yesterday, hurling bottles and stones and breaking a window. Members of staff on the newspaper were forced to barricade themselves inside the building. However, later on, supporters of free speech turned up to protest against the “fascism” of the other group.
Sunday’s edition of Afrika carried the headline that Turkey was invading again [in reference to military action taken in Afrin, Syria]. This created a furore and brought an angry mob to the newspaper’s offices on Monday. When President Erdogan heard about it he called on Turkish Cypriots to make their feelings known on the subject.
Editor in Chief and owner of ‘Afrika’ Sener Levent addressed the crowds outside the building.
He said that today was a turning point and something had to be done about the dark mobs who came to attack the newspaper.
Levent said that he had received many calls of concern from Europe and from President Anastasiades.
Journalist Yasar Ersoy, who said that he had been at the newspaper offices since early morning and was keeping an eye on the crowd, also noted that President Akıncı, who came to newspaper, was booed. Akıncı said that, although he did not approve of the newspaper’s headline, he wanted to see commonsense and unity prevail.
Ersoy said that he wanted the party leaders to see the approaching swamp of ignorance and to be able to enjoy the values of the country. “This black ignorance will swallow us all,” said Ersoy.
Kibris News Agency