By Esra Aygin
The attack on several Turkish Cypriots by a group of young Greek Cypriot extremists and allegations that Greek Cypriot police stood by without intervening, has revealed deep-lying insecurities and feelings of mistrust among Turkish Cypriot society.
“At a time when we are making such a big effort for a solution, the biggest wound has been inflicted on the public’s psychology,” said Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci after Monday’s attacks. Many Turkish Cypriots, including those actively pro-solution, questioned or expressed concern about the viability of a future solution on social media, while right-wing circles felt vindicated in their arguments that peaceful coexistence with Greek Cypriots is not possible. And that EOKA also was initially a group of several hundred extreme nationalist students was circulated widely.
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