Cyprus Mail

Two arrested in north during protests over new complex

The 'presidential palace' in the north

Two people were arrested in the north on Thursday suspected of attacking police during protests over a new €100m-plus ‘government’ complex being built.

According to police in the north, they are seeking more individuals involved in the protest on Tuesday and have taken two into custody for assaulting officers.

Scuffles had broken out at the protest when the people pushed down a barbed wire fence behind police to enter the construction site of the controversial project.

In comments on the protest on Wednesday, ‘prime minister’ Unal Ustel said that their ‘government’ had made this request to Turkey, and that Turkey had obliged.

“With the support of our motherland Turkey, our efforts to establish ourselves in the world and to institutionalise and develop in this land will continue. This new investment is an indication of that,” he said.

Commenting on widespread condemnation of the project in the north, Ustel said that it was “unacceptable” and that the people opposing this have a “hidden agenda”.

Parties, engineers, and others have opposed the construction, saying it is ‘disrespectful’ towards people going through financial difficulties as the project is estimated to cost approximately €155 million.

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