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Man arrested for sunbed assault

Police on Wednesday arrested a 34-year-old man allegedly involved in the attack against Yeroskipou municipal council members the previous day.

The man was charged and released.

Three members of the municipal council were physically attacked late on Tuesday, after voting in closed session in favour of the municipality wresting control of the beach sunbeds and umbrellas from private businessmen.

As was reported at the time, three men who stood to lose from the new arrangement forced their way into the Yeroskipou town hall and entered the conference room where the council had been in session.

Yeroskipou mayor Michalis Pavlides told the Cyprus News Agency that the council decided the to take over two of the five beaches it rented out to private businesses.

Pavlides explained that the decision had in fact been taken in a previous session, but the council’s plenum sat to determine where the funds to buy sunbeds and umbrellas for the two beaches would be found.

The council voted to use funds originally appropriated to build pavements.

But the decision enraged businessmen who would lose the sunbed and umbrella business on the two beaches.

They assaulted council members and caused damage in the conference room.

At least three municipal councillors reported bring physically assaulted by the protesters.

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