A tourist bus with Turkish Cypriot number plates was attacked as it arrived to pick up 25 passengers at Larnaca airport on Friday evening.
Reportedly a group of officials and bus drivers tried to prevent 25 tourists from boarding the bus which was to take them to Bafra, Famagusta.
When the bus tried to leave, cars tried to block its way, hemming it in back and front. The rear view mirrors were damaged. The bus driver had papers permitting him pick up passengers. Security guards merely looked on while the attack took place. People trying to board the bus were verbally abused and physically attacked.
Once the tourist bus did manage to leave the airport, it was further harassed by two heavy goods vehicles which raced past the bus and attempted to block the road, risking the safety of the passengers on board. The driver changed his pre-planned route and went to the nearest border crossing to enter the TRNC.
Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Kudret Ozersay said the event was an outrage and a “racist attack”.
Ozersay said that commercial vehicles registered in the TRNC are increasingly exposed to similar attacks on the Greek Cypriot side of Cyprus. “We strongly protest the events and invite the Greek authorities to take the necessary measures as soon as possible against such racist attacks that do not hesitate to endanger even human life”.