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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-12-08

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Papandreou says 'enough is enough'
  • [02] PM to brief president

  • [01] Papandreou says 'enough is enough'

    Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou commented on Monday on the killing of a 15-year-old boy by police on Saturday night, saying that "enough is enough" and that this phrase "is on the lips of all Greeks."

    Papandreou used the same expression while referring to the government, which he accused of refusing to assume its responsibilities, claiming that the government was only occupied "with its own interests and does not protect citizens and their property."

    The PASOK leader also appealed to citizens to participate in a peaceful rally "against violence without violence, in every corner of Greece, pray for young Alexandros and unite their forces for hope, peace, justice and humanity."

    Accusing the government of "failing to realise the real problems" and that the "only thing that it is guaranteeing is a worse tomorrow," Papandreou assessed that statements made on Monday by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis fell short of what must be done, stressing that it is not enough for one to speak of the self-evident application of justice and of the restoration of damage for those who have lost their property.

    The PASOK leader further said that "it is time for a different conception of governance and for a new mentality to enable the younger generation and society in its entirety to realise that the state will prove in practice that it cares about the citizens and their rights."

    Papandreou added that one should categorically reject the conception of force and of arbitrariness from wherever it may come from and that responsibility primarily lies with the state in this respect.

    He also addressed a letter of condolences to the boy's family, expressing his profound sorrow over the loss of the young pupil and stressing that his death causes indignation and anger and places all before their responsibilities.

    Papandreou will be chairing a meeting of PASOK's Parliamentary Group in Parliament at noon on Tuesday.

    [02] PM to brief president

    Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis will brief President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias on Tuesday morning over the situation emanating from the unprecedented violence that continued in central Athens on Monday evening, with rioting and firebomb attacks shown, often times, on live television news broadcasts. The violent incidents follow the killing of a 15-year teenage youth on Saturday in a police-related shooting.
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