House speaker Yiannakis Omirou condemned on Saturday an incident that led to the abuse of AKEL MP Irene Charalambidou by DISY’s Andreas Kyprianou, who tried to take a photo up her skirt during a fracas at a House Committee session on Friday.
A source told the Cyprus Mail the incident occurred at the end of the House Institutions Committee’s meeting, when Charalambidou pointed her mobile phone camera at him in a gesture indicating she would take a photo, saying she would publish it, when he lit up a cigarette in front of the room’s window, in violation of the law that prohibits indoor smoking.
Kyprianou then started moving toward her aggressively shouting “just do it” and hurling insults and placed his phone under her skirt trying to take a photo.
According to the source, Charalambidou told him that this behaviour is only becoming of a petty little man and he called her a slut.
“Some people in the room, where MPs and their assistants were present, started crying because they though he was about to hit her,” the source said.
Other MPS intervened to bring the fracas to a halt, but the commotion had already disturbed the building and it certainly did not impress Omirou.
“Yesterday’s incident is an insult to parliamentarism and procedures will be set in motion according to regulations,” said in his Twitter account.
The incident followed DISY’s announcement earlier in the month which said it would not accept insults and bigoted verbal attacks with sexist innuendo, whatever the cause, especially when those attacks originate from party officials.
The statement came after another DISY MP Andreas Themistocleous posted on Facebook that Charlambidou “is the utmost authority on measuring manhood” answering to her remarks that “manliness is not measured by brutality but by the soul that accepts humans and fights for them” in connection to the plenum vote in early June when legislation was passed criminalising homophobia.
The same source said that bullying on behalf of some MPs is not uncommon in the House.