ANOTHER ATTACK TO IN SOUTH CYPRUS
Turkish Cypriots were again the victims of Apoel football supporters in South Cyprus the day before yesterday. Racially motivated football hooligan’s attacks of the fanatic groups are aimed at discouraging contact between Turkish Cypriots and as well as to disrupt ongoing talks to find a political settlement.
6 Turkish Cypriot number plated vehicles were stoned and attacked by Apoel football supporters in South Cyprus following a match between Ommonia-Apoel. A Turkish Cypriot child was also injured in the attacks which took place in two separate locations. According to a report issued by Turkish Cypriot police, 6 Turkish Cypriot vehicles were targeted in separate locations. The first attack took place when one of the cars stopped at a red light next to the Apoel Sports Club. Stones were thrown at the car by the thousand or so hooligans, who had gathered around the club premises. The group then surrounded the car, kicking and smashing the vehicle. Another attack was carried out by a group of 15 motorcyclists.
Once again, Turkish Cypriots, who were waiting at a red traffic light, had their windscreen smashed by the attackers. A child travelling in the car was also injured in the attack.
Other minor attacks were also carried out on Turkish Cypriot vehicles in other parts of South Lefkosa . Meanwhile, the Greek Cypriot Administration’s spokesman Stefanos Stefanu has strongly condemned the attacks against Turkish Cypriots. Stefanu said that such attacks carried out at a time when direct negotiations were being carried out to reunify the island were destroying and damaging confidence between Turkish and Greek Cypriots.
‘GREEK CYPRIOT MINISTER: ‘OUR STUDENTS ARE INCLINED TO RACISM’
In his speech to the Greek Cypriot newspaper Alithia, Greek Cypriot Minister Andreas Dimitriu said that secondary school and high school students in the Greek Cypriot side are inclined to racism.
Dimitriu indicated that after a sports meeting, a foreign student was attacked by other students and added that during this meeting, students shouted ‘blacks out of ’ and this was nothing but racism.
Moreover, Dimitriu expressed that %11 of the students in the Greek Cypriot side are unlettered.