Cypriots have had a rough couple of weeks. Banks were shuttered two weeks ago; the government has since been forced to accept an EU rescue package of some $10 billion Euro in order to avoid bankruptcy.
The banks reopened today under tight controls to prevent a run on deposits. And while lines stretched around the block, the waiters stayed calm. As Reuters reports:
Bank staff turned up for work early as cash was delivered by armoured trucks, and queues of at least a dozen people formed at branches in the capital, with uniformed security guards on duty.
Below, scenes from the banks today, courtesy of Reuters:
The region’s “chemical genies” of the early 20th century were heralded as reaching into the future to create a more abundant life for all. Instead, they deprived future generations of their health and well-being.