Banks in Cyprus re-opened today so that customers could pay their respects at the scene of their money's tragic death. The money was fatally shot on Monday by firearms officers from the German Financial Police after a weekend siege.
Many mourners expressed anger at the actions of the German police. 'Our money had a heart of gold. The police had no right to shoot it,' said local finance minister Michalis Sarris, 52, as he laid a wreath in front of the Laiki Bank in Nikosia where the shooting occurred.
When pressed, he conceded, 'It had problems. yes. It had been taking steroids, and it fell in with a bad crowd – gangsters, Russians, you know. And then it holed itself up in Laiki Bank. But it could have turned itself around. It had a lot to live for.'
To many mourners the rights and wrongs of the situation seemed irrelevant. Retired teacher Roula Spyrou, 63, said simply, 'Our money was so happy here. We loved it and we will miss it every day.'