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All 15 teens in UDI attacks charged and released

Students taking part in Monday's demonstration

All 15 teenagers arrested in connection with the attack on Turkish Cypriots were charged and released, police said on Friday.

The suspects are all aged between 16 and 18 years old, go to the same school and were arrested for assault causing actual bodily harm, malicious damage, disturbing the peace, incitement to hate and violence, racism, and conspiracy to commit a misdemeanour.

The incidents happened between 11am and 1pm on Monday during protests on the anniversary of 1983 Unilateral Declaration of Independence of the ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’.

Two Turkish Cypriots sustained light injuries.

One incident took place on the junction known as the Milano traffic lights in Engomi.

Pupils attacked a car with Turkish Cypriot plates but the driver escaped uninjured.

Another incident took place nearby on Hytron Street, near the Nicosia district office.

A father and a son were attacked inside their car by a group of pupils throwing stones. The father was injured and the car was damaged, police said.

A third attack took place on Grivas Dighenis Avenue. A Turkish Cypriot suffered injury to the eye.

The attacks were condemned on Wednesday night by President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.


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