Cypriots will wake up to the prospect of power cuts today as the privatisation issue turns ugly with police also coming under fire for allowing yesterday’s labour protest to spiral out of control.
Hundreds of electricity authority workers laid siege to parliament yesterday as scuffles broke out with police during a protest against the privatisation of telecoms, electricity and ports.
Demonstrators threw firecrackers, fruit and plastic water bottles at riot police as they tried to enter the building where MPs were discussing the controversial privatisation bill.
Riot police inside and outside the building kept the protesters from entering the building, even though they broke through an initial police cordon.
President Anastasiades has ordered a probe into what went wrong as he tries to find ways to stop mass strike action from forcing the fragile economy to its knees.
Parliament speaker Yiannakis Omirou condemned the behaviour of demonstrators as “unacceptable”.
Electricity authority unions have called for a 12-hour strike today – their second – while Cyta staff will shut up shop until Thursday.
The strikes are the first of their kind since heavily-indebted Cyprus agreed to an international bailout in March.