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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-12-15

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  • [01] PASOK Programme Committee meeting
  • [02] KKE leader visits Piraeus port
  • [03] Athens holiday festivities begin

  • [01] PASOK Programme Committee meeting

    The main opposition PASOK party's Programme Committee opened its meeting on Friday morning, with an address by party leader George Papandreou.

    Papandreou, who is chairing the meeting, said that the Committee, with its work, was unfolding the party's platform, giving the floor to the citizens, and deliberating with the social partners.

    "We know how to put Greece and the forefront and liberate the most creative forces that our country has. We protect the weak and are proceeding to the formaton of a just society. Wity our work, our programme, our vision and our commitments, we will once again inspire the Greek men and women and earn the confidence of the Greek people," Papandreou said.

    [02] KKE leader visits Piraeus port

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga on Friday toured the port of Piraeus, where she spoke with employees and met with the Piraeus Port Authority (OLP) board of diectors. She reiteraterated her party's opposition to the planned privatisation of OLP, claiming that the move aimed at ensuring the interests of multinationals via inter-state and other collaborations.

    "As I have frequently stated, the OLP programme for privatisation of OLP, at least its 'prime' sections, constitutes a pre-announced death that has been priorly prepared. What concerns us is that, on the party of the government and the main opposition (PASOK party), things are not being called by their true names," Papariga said.

    She said that an effort was being made, particularly by the government, to seek various 'alibis'. And, as always when it comes to privatisation, the employees are always to blame, she added.

    Let the truth finally be told, Papariga said, and continued: The choice is to ensure the interests of the multinational groups via inter-state and other collaborations.

    "We, at least, will wage a very big effort for broadly informing the people on this issue and to safeguard the workers' interests, both those working today and those who will be hired in the future under much worse conditions," Papariga concluded.

    [03] Athens holiday festivities begin

    Athens put on its holiday face last night, as Mayor Thodoros Behrakis lit the capital's traditional Christmas tree at Syntagma Square, thus signalling the start of festive events by the City of Athens.

    The festive scene is accompanied by the established carrousel and the "sugar city" which offers candy to all.

    This year Santa Claus invites all the children to his "Workshop", a small unique house, and receives the children. In the rooms of the house, the children see his helpers, the small elves, making toys.

    The 80-seat carrousel is comprised of small horses and carts.

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