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Students injured in scrap after election Paphos school election

PAPHOS police are investigating a scrap that broke out at a high-school involving at least two groups of students and apparently sparked by school elections.

Five students sustained minor injuries, received treatment at Paphos general hospital and were discharged.

The victim or victims of the assailants have filed a complaint to police, but details of the incident were not clear.

Later in the day, the ultra-nationalist outfit ELAM released a statement claiming that one of the students attacked is a member of its group and that he was assaulted after having won the student elections.

The group said their member was attacked by a gang of about 15 youths while leaving the school premises after the elections.

ELAM condemned the incident, and claimed the assailants were members of the AKEL youth branch known as EDON.

EDON denied the allegation, and accused ELAM and the DISY-affiliated student organisation of collaborating in the elections to ensure victory for the ELAM member.

In turn, the youth organisation of DISY denied that the youth who was attacked is a member of ELAM, saying he was running as an independent candidate.

Earlier yesterday, opposition AKEL’ Limassol district committee slammed an attempt by arsonists to burn the offices of the AKEL youth branch in the coastal city.

The fire service was called to the offices of the party’s youth headquarters EDON in the city early in the morning to put out a fire believed to be caused by arson.

The fire resulted in minor damage to the door of the building.

AKEL’s Limassol district committee issued an announcement saying: “Once again, people of the night showed their extreme side, their fascism and their hatred.”
The communist party’s youth branch in Limassol also condemned the “detested” attempt at arson of EDON offices, pointing to political motives behind the move.

Ruling DISY party yesterday strongly condemned the attempted arson, saying this could not be considered a political act but a criminal offence, for which the guilty must be punished.

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