By KEREM HASAN
Outrage was triggered by claims that some police at the airport had “just watched” the bus attack at 6.15pm last Friday as it picked up a group of Hungarian to take them to hotels in Bafra. Mirrors of the vehicle were smashed and bottles thrown at it.
TRNC Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay reacted to the incident on Sunday, calling it “a racist attack” in a written statement which also said: “We condemn this worrying incident and wish to state publicly that we expect the Greek Cypriot administration to take action on this -- not hide it as it has done with other incidents -- and to punish those responsible.
“We have ascertained from the [bus] company that it had all the necessary paperwork . . . The attack began when the vehicle was parked, with verbal and physical assaults . . . and the wing mirrors being bent so as to prevent the bus from having a safe journey. Following that, water bottles were thrown at it as [police] just watched . . .
“Thanks to the common sense of the driver and his non-reaction, the incident did not escalate.”
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