Turkish Cypriots protest Turkey-backed austerity plans

Turkish Cypriots staged another protest in Lefkosa (Nicosia), the capital of Turkish Cyprus against austerity measures on Thursday.

Around 5,000 people, mostly union members, gathered outside the parliament, where riot police implemented strict security measures. Some minor scuffles broke out when protesters confronted plainclothes policemen in the crowd.

Thursday’s rally is the third protest held against the Turkish Cypriot government. The first and second rallies were held on January 28 and March 2.

Turkey supports the enclave’s economy with hundreds of millions of dollars each year, however, unions resent private and state sector salary cuts, which they claim are carried out on directions from Ankara.


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