Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Cyprus protesters clash with police

Police arrest a protester during clashes outside the Royal Air Force base in Akrotiri, Cyprus (AP)

Two people have been arrested after several dozen stone-throwing protesters clashed with police outside a British military base in Cyprus.

Connie Pierce, spokeswoman at the base, said four policemen and one television journalist suffered minor injuries during the scuffles outside the Royal Air Force base at Akrotiri, west of the southern coastal resort of Limassol.

The demonstrators held banners demanding two bases Britain retained after Cyprus gained independence from British colonial rule in 1960 be shut.

Protests against the presence of the bases are normally peaceful, but they have degenerated into violence in the past.

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