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School vandalism in Paphos primary school - 'Freedom or Death'

Anti-vax slogans spray-painted on doors, floors and windows

Shemaine Bushnell Kyriakides

Source: CNA

Last night, the 11th Primary School of Agios Spyridon in Paphos was vandalized.  No one has yet claimed responsibility for the act, which is being condemned by the head of the Ministry of Education in Paphos.

Anti-vaccine slogans and phrases such as "no to masks", "teachers, dictators", "freedom or death", "hands off our children" and "sheep" were spray-painted on walls, windows and floors, causing distress to students and teachers who entered the school this morning.

In a statement to KYPE, Primary Education Officer Dimitris Mikellidis said he was saddened by the vandalism and added that the act was done to disrupt the smooth operation of the school only to "allow a bitter minority to impose its views which are against logic and reason". 

He continued by stating that schools will continue to operate normally and that they will not allow extremists to create such disruptions.

The president of the Federation of Parents of Primary Education of Paphos and vice-president of the Pancyprian Confederation Annita Taliotou also condemned the act of vandalism and expressed her regret that children nowadays seem to accept these acts as a normal phenomenon.

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