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Protests over blast continue outside the Presidential Palace
2011-07-19 08:05:15

Citizens from all over Cyprus have been gathering every evening for the past eight days outside the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, to express their indignation over the explosion of confiscated munitions on July 11, which left 13 army officers and firefighters dead and plunged Cyprus into an energy crisis, when the island`s major power plant was rendered inoperable from the shock wave.

The protests began spontaneously on July 11 and took on a more organised nature over the days, becoming more massive, while demonstrations were also held in other towns across the island.

On July 11, the police used teargas to disperse the crowd, which was demanding the resignation of President Demetris Christofias.

The protesters gathered in the capital`s main square, lighting candles in memory of the victims and then marched to the Presidential Palace where they made speeches demanding that those who are guilty of negligence be punished and that the President resigns.

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