Cyprus: Anti-migrant protests rock Paphos suburb, 20 arrests

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Protestors have returned to the streets of Chlorakas, near Paphos in western Cyprus, in a fresh attack against migrants living in the area.

In disturbing scenes on Monday evening, groups were seen marching – some with crowbars – chanting ‘get out’.

Police made 20 arrests, a car was torched and officers used teargas to break apart demonstrators.

In recent weeks, residents have expressed fury over of migrants – many from Africa and the Middle East – being located in the district.

Earlier, the leader of the Chloraka community appealed to residents to remain calm, as steps towards resolving tensions got underway.

On Sunday, a small extreme-right group attacked migrants and some properties after a so-called ‘anti-ghettoisation’ protest.

Cyprus has struggled to absorb the huge numbers of migrants arriving, as it sits on the front-line of the EU’s people trafficking route through the Mediterranean.

Chloraka Village is situated west of the Paphos district three kilometres from the town.

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