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Greek Cypriots forcibly occupy Parliament

Greek Cypriots, demonstrating against the austerity measures enforced on South Cyprus as a condition for the Troika Debt borrowings, yesterday stormed Parliament.

The protesting citizens managed to overpower police and climb over barricades to enter the Parliament building. There they stopped proceedings and demanded that the austerity measures be rejected.

President Dimitris Christofias called for calm and said that the measures still had to be debated and agreed by Parliament.

Police spokesman, Andreas Angelides, said that police security is to be stepped up on all government buildings as austerity protests grow. Ironically, a section of the police force were themselves demonstrating outside parliament.

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