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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-05-01

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  • [01] May Day celebrated with two separate rallies in Athens; PM's message

  • [01] May Day celebrated with two separate rallies in Athens; PM's message

    May Day was celebrated on Monday with two separate rallies in central Athens. The first took place at Pedio tou Areos Square in Athens at 10.30 a.m. and was organised by the General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE), the Civil Servants Supreme Administrative Council (ADEDY) and the Athens Labour Centre (EKA). The second rally took place at the same time and was organised by the Greek Communist Party-affiliated labour group PAME at Ethnikis Antistasis Square and which concluded outside the U.S. Embassy. Separate rallies were also held in Thessaloniki, Macedonia.

    PM Karamanlis issues May Day message

    In a message on Monday on the occasion of May Day, Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis expressed "the urgent need for changes and reforms through policies which guarantee security and prospects for the future" and called on "all to assume their responsibilities and obligations, through a common course towards the common stake."

    In his May Day (Labour Day) message, the prime minister said:"I have the conviction that the vindication of policy passes through the confrontation of the problems and not their transfer to the future. I deeply believe that societies whch do not dare are condemned to live with the problems which they inherited from the past. I know, like all Greeks, that we payed and are still paying dearly the era of timidity, of postponement and of spasmodic policies."

    Karamanlis added:"Our position is to radically confront the causes of the problems. Because only in this way can a secure framework of lasting, maintainable growth and prosperity be created. Our decision is to continue steadfastly, much faster and much more decisively, the changes and reforms which we started. Because our plan is already producing tangible results, which inspire optimism and certainty for the future. Because we are winning, day by day, important objectives which lead Greece forward and benefit every citizen, every family."

    The prime minister added:"We are proceeding, far from ideologies, without prejudicies, dependencies and compromises. We are proceeding, with our ally the broad social alliance, the changes and reforms. We are proceeding, with criteria, the social result and the interest of the many. The road which we have to follow is lengthy and difficult. The stake, however, is common. It requires from all of us effort and insistence. It requires responsible evaluation of reality, responsible positions and the development of specific proposals. The responsibilities, obligations and challenges are for all. Let's all cross it together, united."

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