Politics 28 March 2013 7 pictures of lonely journalists hoping for a Cypriot bank run The bank run probably won't happen, but capital controls might stay for a while. Print HTML Sadly for those standing around outside Cypriot banks with cameras and notebooks this morning (and there are way more of them than anyone else right now)... it might all turn out to be a bit of a snoozefest. These journalists, for example, are definitely ready for the banks to open: Media circus definitely ready for #cyprus bank open. Cameras galore #wsjeuro twitter.com/MatinaStevis/s… — Matina Stevis (@MatinaStevis) March 28, 2013 These journalists are also definitely ready for the banks to open: The world's media descends on freedom square #Cyprus to film people waiting to enter banks..Nt many waiting (yet???) twitter.com/TheopiSkarlato… — Theopi Skarlatos (@TheopiSkarlatos) March 28, 2013 These journalists are so definitely ready for the banks to open it's actually a bit painful: Media ready. Man tells me he's ready to put a box over his head to avoid cameras :) #Cyprus twitter.com/Tesa_RT/status… — Tesa Arcilla (@Tesa_RT) March 28, 2013 Are we nearly there yet? Please stop that, media RT @joewsj So far, the only people queuing outside #Cyprus' banks?... Journalists twitter.com/JoeWSJ/status/… — Asteris Masouras (@asteris) March 28, 2013 Tumbleweed... This awkward moment when a lot of media was waiting for a black swan and got a parrot in Cyprus @brendakelly_ig twitter.com/russian_market… — Cyprus Market (@russian_market) March 28, 2013 Why are the police so calm and unprovocative? Again talkng w/ journos surprised at how calm & unprovocative police have been so far. For now, they watch. #Cyprus twitter.com/Tesa_RT/status… — Tesa Arcilla (@Tesa_RT) March 22, 2013 This parrot is trying to help the journalists stay positive: ΜT @theopiskarlatos: This old Cypriot & his pet parrot=the most interesting thing to see outside bank #Cyprus twitter.com/TheopiSkarlato… — Efthimia Efthimiou (@EfiEfthimiou) March 28, 2013 There was a little excitement over the arrival of some armed guards(!) earlier, but as @spignal points out: Journalists in Cyprus seem amazed that ARMED GUARDS are delivering cash to banks. As opposed to what? Girl scouts? — Stanley Pignal (@spignal) March 28, 2013 ..crushing. The reason there probably won't be Cyprus bank run is in these here capital controls. People can only take €300 from their account each day, so the emptying of accounts into socks just can't happen in one go. Here are some other important details from the legislation, designed to ruin media fun today: - You can only leave the country carrying €1,000 - You can't cash cheques - You can't transfer (much) cash abroad. Officially, the controls "shall apply for a seven day period starting from the day of its publication in the Official Gazette of the Republic" - but there's suspicion they might hang around for a bit longer. Here's Courtney Weaver and Michael Stothard in the FT: While the capital controls are designed to expire after seven days, people with knowledge of the matter said the government would continue to renew the curbs on a weekly basis for as long as necessary. “Otherwise whatever money is left in the banks will fly out of Cyprus,” said one person close to the central bank. This makes sense - those capital controls are the only thing standing between banks and a potential mob, so they're likely to stick around in one form or another, for quite some time. › Where do disabled people fit into George Osborne's "aspiration nation"? Are we nearly there yet? Photograph: @JoeWSJ Martha Gill writes the weekly Irrational Animals column. You can follow her on Twitter here: @Martha_Gill. Subscribe More Related articles An unmatched font of knowledge Leader: On capitalism and insecurity Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?