by Tom Parmenter, Sky News:
Cyprus’ banks have opened their doors after the longest enforced bank holiday in Europe’s history.
Queues grew outside branches across the country, with no signs of panic as employees limited the number of customers allowed in at any one time. But many residents expressed anger at the country’s controversial bailout – which requires Cyprus to raise 5.8bn euros (£4.9bn). “They have stolen our money,” Milton Loucas told Sky News.
“I have been working for 60 years. I am 80 years old. I cannot work again for my living – they have cut the lot. “Our money, our social insurance – they have cut them. How are we going to live?”
Another Cypriot, Stelios, came out of the bank empty handed. “I tried to get my February wages and they gave me a piece of paper only,” he said. “I have two children in the army and they asked for money – I don’t have money to give them.
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