Recent incidents of violence, racism and xenophobia recorded in Cyprus cannot be viewed as isolated ones, House President Annita Demetriou posted on Twitter on Monday.
“It is imperative as a society to be absolute in condemning such incidents which, just like a spark, could lead to disastrous consequences. I expect the authorities to immediately take the necessary action to bring the perpetrators to justice,” she wrote.
Her post was preceded by the arrest on Monday of a 14-year-old boy and two 15-year-olds in connection with the assault and robbery of a third-country food delivery man and his two friends in Limassol.
The teenagers are facing charges related to conspiracy to commit a felony, carrying weapons and racism.
For the same case, police arrested two other 15-year-old boys as well as a 22-year-old man on Sunday, who has been remanded for eight days.
The attack was reported to the police by the 20-year-old delivery driver early morning on that day.
The complainant told Limassol police officers that he had been threatened with a knife by a group of unknown individuals and had his motorbike, money, and deliveries were stolen while he was working.
Then, two of his friends told him they spotted his bike in a park in the coastal district and they all went there to find it.
However, they were attacked by a larger group of unknown people there who even used clubs against them.