In Cyprus A demonstration against corona measures and vaccines went out of hand. Participants attacked the headquarters of a television station and set fire to several vehicles.
Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Sunday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck, setting fire to cars and setting fire to cars at Sigma TV’s headquarters.
The site’s AFP reporter reported four damaged vehicles with the station’s logo, one of which was completely burned. Several window panes were broken while the transmitter was seated. According to Sigma TV, police officers inside the building were guarding the staff. Initially there were no reports of arrests or injuries.
The President also spoke
Those in charge of the station condemned the “cowardly attack”. “Our headquarters was attacked by a mob who threw firecrackers and damaged our cars,” the broadcaster said.
President Nicos Anastasiades criticized the violence as “a blow to democracy”. He said the government “does not allow threats and intimidation.” The authorities will “dismantle” all violations of the law. That evening, the situation calmed down, according to an AFP reporter. However, several police officers continued to guard the building premises.
RKI classifies the island as dangerous
Sigma is considered critical of those who oppose the vaccine, which has already been attacked in demos against Corona requirements. Earlier this week the Cypriot government introduced a special vaccination card, which is required for entry into supermarkets, malls, restaurants and other stores. Corona vaccines were extended to 16- and 17-year-olds.
In the Mediterranean country, the number of infections has recently increased, and since Sunday it has been classified as the most vulnerable area by Robert Koch. Due to the classification, Cyprus vacationers have to go through ten days of isolation on their return, which ends prematurely five days later with a negative corona test.