PEOPLE should not have been surprised by the abusive and intimidating behaviour exhibited by the members of the ultra-nationalist fascist groups that attended the memorial service of two Greek Cypriots – Tasos Isaac and Solomos Solomou – killed by Turks some 19 years ago. Black-clad members of Greece’s Golden Dawn and the local ELAM hurled water bottles at the two government ministers as they entered the cemetery in Paralimni and shouted abuse at them when they were laying wreaths in honour of the two men.
There was no physical violence, but the aggressive chanting by the youths interrupted the service and led to the officiating priest to ask for decorum; men from the police’s mobile action unit also arrived. The ultra-nationalists chanted slogans such as ‘tramps, traitors, politicians’ and ‘traitor supporters of federation,’ exploiting the media presence to secure some much-needed publicity. They seized this opportunity to remind people of their existence – particularly ELAM which will have candidates in next year’s parliamentary elections – and publicise their fierce opposition to any settlement.
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