Cyprus delays key foreclosure vote as protests turn violent

A Cypriot demonstrator burns his voting card during a protest against the government and its economic measures outside the parliament building in the capital Nicosia on April 17, 2015The Cypriot parliament delayed voting Friday on controversial foreclosure legislation demanded by international lenders after protesters scuffled with police outside parliament. Amid tight security, around 250 protesters had gathered to shout down the bill, chanting “No homes in the hands of bankers” and “Stop the country being sold off”. As tempers flared and protesters tried to break through barriers, there were scuffles with the police. When the 56-member House of Representatives reconvenes the vote is expected to be a cliff-hanger.

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