Despite the rain, crowds gathered in Dereboyu Street to walk towards the Assembly building early this evening.
A march organised by trades unions and NGOs was held today in protest at the lynch mobs, led by the Grey Wolves, that attacked the offices of Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Afrika’. The newspaper, which is known for its provocative headlines, published the headline last Sunday that ‘Turkey was invading again’. This was in reference to Turkey’s military action in Afrin, Syria, likening the move to the peace mission it operated in 1974 in Cyprus.
Barricaded in their offices, journalists of Afrika newspaper could only watch while mobs threw stones and eggs. They shouted that the newspaper should be shut down. They broke windows, while the police appeared to watch while protestors climbed onto the building to tear down the newspaper’s sign.
Later in the day, supporters of the free press gathered shouting slogans against tyranny.
This evening a peace and democracy protest march headed off towards parliament. There were shouts of ‘shoulder to shoulder against facism’. Tensions rose between police, who were present in great numbers, and the crowd, as roads were blocked off Dereboyu and the parliament building was barricaded. At least 5,000 people attended the march.
At 6.45pm, the official union platform called of the march as the rain fell, saying that the amplifiers would be damaged by the rain. Some activists remained after the call to end the demonstration.
LGC News, Yeni Duzen