NICOSIA – Order has been restored after police officers and protestors were injured in scuffles during a Monday morning demonstration outside Parliament against the privatisation of semi-government organisations (SGOs).
Addressing the media after the demo, House President Yiannakis Omirou said protests that obstruct important Parliamentary discussions will not be tolerated.
He called on the police to increase security so that government officials can conduct their duties without fear.
“Protest is an acceptable means of expression, however, we fully condemn the violent actions that occurred today and caused important Parliamentary work to be suspended.”
A number of police officers and demonstrators suffered minor injuries in the protest while the House Finance Committee was forced to suspend its proceedings because of the troubles outside.
Protesting workers of Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) had gathered outside the Parliament as MPs were getting ready to thrash out a bill specifically on privatising not only the EAC but also the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (Cyta) and the Cyprus Ports Authority.
They had previously announced a 12-hour strike and a protest out parliament while the Cypriot government had pledged to the Troika to pass through the bill by March 5.