TWO POLICE officers and a 29-year-old Syrian were injured yesterday during an incident at the Menoyia detention centre, purpose-built to hold migrants due to be deported.
The police have said the 29-year-old assaulted the two police officers, while migrant support group KISA have said two police officers held down a man while a third one beat him.
Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said the Syrian took issue with a piece of fruit he was given and was led to the officer in charge to complain.
“At that particular moment an officer serving in Menoyia walked in the office… and the alien attacked him. A second police man who was in the office was also injured as he tried to restrain the alien,” Angelides said.
Cyprus News Agency said the incident sparked a protest “forcing officers serving in the detention centre to intervene so peace and order could prevail,” but did not specify what the intervention entailed.
“The incident came to pass without major problems or revolts,” Angelides said. He added that inmates later secured a meeting with the officer in charge and relayed their complaints.
KISA said that they received a phone call from an inmate saying a Syrian had been given spoilt food but when he refused to have it two police officers allegedly held him down while a third one beat him up.
It was not immediately clear yesterday if this was a different incident to the one reported by police.
In their announcement, KISA also reported other incidents of alleged abuse in Menoyia. Earlier this year, inmates complained of being banned from using mobile phones and some claimed they were beaten and sprayed by police, which authorities have denied.