LIMASSOL – A speech on the Cyprus problem on Wednesday evening by former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat was marred by a far-right ELAM party protest outside the venue it was taking place.
There were scuffles between the some 80 extremist party members and police who prevented them from entering the cultural centre. No injuries were reported.
An angry government spokesman told state television that the handful of party members were violating basic principles of democracy and free speech.
Christos Stylianides also said that this extreme behaviour is condemnable.
Two weeks ago, Talat had given a similar speech in Paphos.