Cyprus eurozone bailout prompts anger as savers hand over 10% levy Angry Cypriots try in vain to withdraw savings as eurozone bailout terms break taboo of hitting bank depositors Reuters guardian.co.uk, Saturday 16 March 2013 11.23 GMT European finance ministers have agreed an Â£8.7bn bailout for Cyprus which includes all Cypriot bank customers handing over up to 10% of their savings. "I wish I was not the minister to do this," the Cypriot finance minister, Michael Sarris, said after 10 hours of late-night talks in which eurozone finance ministers agreed the package. "Much more money could have been lost in a bankruptcy of the banking system or indeed of the country." Without a rescue, Cyprus would default and threaten to unravel investor confidence in the eurozone, a renewed confidence fostered by the European Central Bank's promise last year to do whatever it takes to support the euro. However, on Cyprus, initial incredulity at the decision gave way to anger. Co-op credit societies, normally open on Saturdays, were shut for business in the coastal city of Larnaca as depositors started queuing early in the morning to withdraw their cash. "I'm extremely angry. I worked years and years to get it together and now I am losing it on the say-so of the Dutch and the Germans," said British-Cypriot Andy Georgiou, 54, who returned to Cyprus in mid-2012 with his savings. "They call Sicily the island of the mafia. It's not Sicily, it's Cyprus. This is theft, pure and simple," said a pensioner. Cypriots with savings of under â¬100,000 will pay a one-off levy of 6.75%, which rises to 9.9% for those with larger deposits. The levy on bank deposits will come into force on Tuesday, after a bank holiday on Monday. Cyprus will take immediate steps to prevent electronic money transfers over the weekend. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013...-bailout-anger Nobody's money is safe. European socialism is great huh?