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Cypriots panic as rumours swirl of more bank closures after €10bn bailout

Posted By admin On March 27, 2013 @ 5:55 am In Money Watch | Comments Disabled

CHARLOTTE MCDONALD-GIBSON , SHAUN WALKER
London Independent [1]
March 27, 2013

Anger at a deal aimed at saving Cyprus from bankruptcy spilled into the streets today with thousands of students and finance workers demanding answers after the government said banks would remain shut for two more days and details of strict capital control measures emerged.

The central bank governor, Panicos Demetriades, stressed that “superhuman” efforts were being made to open Cypriot banks on Thursday as he sought to quell fears that the nation’s largest lender, the Bank of Cyprus, was about to be shut down. Today its chairman offered to quit and hundreds of its employees marched to the central bank building to protest against potential job losses. The chairman’s offer was later rejected by the bank’s board.

“We are scared,” one employee who gave her name as Anthoulla told Reuters news agency. “We were also so proud of the Bank of Cyprus. We worked with a lot of love, not just for the money.” About 3,000 secondary school students also protested outside parliament in Nicosia.

In the deal hammered out in Brussels on Sunday, people with over €100,000 in the two biggest banks will have their deposits frozen. Those with under €100,000 in the second biggest bank, Laiki, would have their money transferred into the Bank of Cyprus, with Laiki eventually shut.

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[1] London Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/cypriots-panic-as-rumours-swirl-of-more-bank-closures-after-10bn-bailout-8550115.html

[2] As Cyprus Delays Reopening Banks Again, Here Are The Longest Bank Closures Ever: http://www.prisonplanet.com/as-cyprus-delays-reopening-banks-again-here-are-the-longest-bank-closures-ever.html

[3] Meanwhile, Cash Exodus From Cyprus Surges Despite Bank Closures, Capital Controls: http://www.prisonplanet.com/meanwhile-cash-exodus-from-cyprus-surges-despite-bank-closures-capital-controls.html

[4] Cyprus Depositor Haircut “Bailout” Turns Into Saver “Panic”, Frozen Assets, Bank Runs, Broken ATMs: http://www.prisonplanet.com/europe-does-it-again-cyprus-depositor-haircut-bailout-turns-into-saver-panic-frozen-assets-bank-runs-broken-atms.html

[5] 71% of Cypriots Say Parliament Should Reject Bailout: http://www.prisonplanet.com/71-of-cypriots-say-parliament-should-reject-bailout.html

[6] Cyprus MPs vote down government raid on private bank accounts in defiance against IMF and EU central bank: http://www.prisonplanet.com/cyprus-mps-vote-down-government-raid-on-private-bank-accounts-in-defiance-against-imf-and-eu-central-bank.html

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