It Begins: Unrest Hits Cyprus, Police Scuffle With Protesters

After Cyprus announced Wednesday that its banks would remain closed until an undecided time next week, it was only a matter of time before tensions between the people and the state escalated into physical confrontation.

And it looks like it has begun.

“Police in the Cyprus’ capital are scuffling with protesters (including employees of Cyprus Popular Bank) outside the nation’s parliament,” Zero Hedge reports, citing local TV station CYBC.

The same TV station also claims more protesters have gathered at the country’s Parliament House. Here’s a collection of today’s protests (as aggregated by ZH):

Via @giopso
Via @giopso
Via @MCaruso_Cabrera
Via @MCaruso_Cabrera
Via @widianemoussa
Via @Tesa_RT

And here’s some footage of the various scuffles between protesters and the police:

We’ll continue to monitor the situation in Cyprus as it unfolds.

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