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Greek Cypriots arrested in Erdogan protest

far right students protest at erdogan meeting in athens
Far right students protest at Turkish President Erdogan meeting in Athens

Almost two dozen Greek Cypriot students from the nationalist far-right student organisation Drasis-Kes were arrested in Athens on Thursday, after protesting outside the Turkish embassy, as Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan paid a visit to the Greek capital.

According to the police, 15 to 20 Greek Cypriot students were arrested outside the embassy, while another ten Kurdish protesters were also arrested.

Erdogan is visiting Athens under strict security measures, and the Greek police have banned any outdoor gatherings until 6pm, when the Turkish president is pegged to leave.

The protests managed to unfurl a banner which read: “Erdogan, we will fight until the last Turk is out Cyprus.”

The organisation and the extreme-right Elam both issued statements that the Greek police’s actions were unacceptable and condemnable.

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