NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Several hundred marchers have forced
their way into the grounds of the Cypriot presidential palace in
Nicosia, during a protest over a fatal blast at a naval base that
Protesters were stopped by riot police at an inner gate about
100 meters from the palace. Minor scuffles broke out between a few
stone-throwing youths and police who fired tear gas.
It was unclear whether President Dimitris Christofias was in the
The invasion followed a peaceful march late Tuesday by some
10,000 people shouting slogans and carrying placards reading
"Negligence is criminal."
Monday's massive explosion of seized gunpowder wrecked a key
power plant and forced the resignations of the defense minister and
top military chief. Authorities have ruled out sabotage.
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