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Chinese dog repasts ‘a police smear campaign’

NICOSIA (Reuters) – Cyprus police came under fire from a rights group yesterday for suggesting Chinese students had feasted on dogs. The Immigrant Support Group launched a blistering attack against the allegations, which they called a «smear campaign» aimed to divert attention from police treatment of Asian immigrants. Police said they had found evidence that some Chinese students had eaten dog, but had not brought charges because the officers were too shocked to respond. Critics said police had planted the story to play down charges that authorities had mistreated another group of Chinese students last week during a raid on their apartment to look for illegal immigrants. The group called the dog eating allegations a whitewash to conceal the «Gestapo-like» behavior – a charge officials deny.The ethics of dog-eating were debated in Cyprus’s Parliament on Thursday.