The decision to fence off the front of parliament stems from the recent scuffles to break out between security forces and demonstrators. The new fence is expected to be completed before the upcoming parliamentary elections on May 22.
Demonstrations at the House have intensified since the 2013 banking crisis – which saw many bank deposits hit and thousands of jobs lost. A string of austerity measures also prompted many demonstrations – some of which have turned violent.
The most unsavory incidents were seen in February 2014 when hundreds of Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) workers clashed with police as they attempted to storm parliament.
The new fence will now see the entry into parliament beginning from the adjacent car park.
(Pictures by Stefanos Kouratzis )