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Two more arrests after Sigma attack

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The scene inside the Dias building on Monday

Two more men, 30 and 38, were remanded for eight days on Wednesday in relation to the Dias attack over the weekend, raising the number of suspects under police detention to 14, while more people are wanted in connection to the case.

So far 12 other people, aged from 25 to 64 years old, have been detained on suspicion of attacking the Dias media group building, which houses Sigma late on Sunday.

Investigations started after a group of protestors, who were outside the presidential palace earlier on Sunday demonstrating against the SafePass, vandalised the Dias building.

During the incident, the suspects attacked staff, set fire to cars in the parking lot and trashed the offices, causing “thousands in damage”, according to SigmaLive.

Five of them were arrested on Monday and remanded for four days, while another seven were remanded for eight days on Tuesday, police said.

Four of the seven remanded are suspected of participating in Sunday’s events at Sigma, the other three in connection to the earlier gathering outside the presidential palace where trouble ensued when the main event was over.

One of the people remanded is epidemiologist Elpidoforos Soteriades, who has been generally critical of the government measures in dealing with the coronavirus situation. He is suspected of being an organiser of the protest.

Authorities have also published photos of 18 more people wanted on suspicion of breaking and entering into the Sigma building.

Police sources said that about 5,000 people participated in the protest at the presidential palace, however people who were there said there must have been about 10,000 demonstrators.

Demonstrators there had claimed they wanted an end to “the intimidation, blackmail, and threats of dismissal against public and private sector workers because they refuse to get the jab.”

According to the police, 12 officers were injured on Sunday, of whom seven were taken to hospital and two were in serious condition.

Nicosia CID have set up an investigative team which includes officers from Larnaca and Limassol CID. The team is collecting and assessing evidence and eyewitnesses statements to identify more people from the attack.

 

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