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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-12-09

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  • [01] PM briefs President, party leaders to follow
  • [02] Arrests in clashes in Athens
  • [03] ASE opening: Marginal decline
  • [04] EU Council of Energy Ministers
  • [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM briefs President, party leaders to follow

    Prime minister Costas Karamanlis on Tuesday morning briefed President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias on the situation prevailing following three nights of extensive violence and destruction in central Athens and other cities throughout the country in riots sparked by the shooting death on Saturday night of a 15-year-old pupil by police.

    Karamanlis told reporters after the meeting that he had assured the President that there would be no lenience in the attribution of responsibilities, but warned that no one has the right to exploit the tagic incident as an alibi for actions of blatant violence against innocent civilians, properties and society and, in the bottom line, against democracy itself.

    In these critical hours, the prime minister stressed, it was the obligation of the political world to unanimously condemn the incidents, adding that this was mandated by the democratic duty of everyone.

    Karamanlis was scheduled to hold similar briefings with the political party leaders throughtout the day.

    [02] Arrests in clashes in Athens

    Eighty-seven (87) arrests were made during unprecedented violence in central Athens late Monday, in the third night of rioting sparked by the shooting death of a 15-year-old teen by police in the Exarhia district on Saturday, and the detainees were due to appear before a public prosecutor on Tuesday.

    The detainees are charged with damage to properties and attacks against police, as well as with looting shops that have suffered extensive damage in the rioting.

    A total of 176 people were taken in for questioning throughout the night by the Security Police, of which 87 were arrested and charged.

    Caption: Clashes between police and hooded protestors in Heraklio,Crete on Monday 8 December 2008. ANA-MPA /STEFANOS RAPANIS

    [03] ASE opening: Marginal decline

    Athens Stock Exchange opening: Marginal decline

    Equity prices were declining at the opening of trade on Tuesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index down a marginal 0.02 percent, standing at 1,845.61 points at 10:45 a.m., and turnover at 9.8 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly downward, with the biggest gains in Food & Beverage, up 2.02 percent; Chemicals, up 1.99 percent; and Telecoms, up 0.65 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Industrial Products, down 1.20 percent; Insurance, down 1.13 percent; and Banks, down 0.80 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 0.13 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.78 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 0.74 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 23 were up, 51 were down, and 24 were unchanged.

    [04] EU Council of Energy Ministers

    Development Minister Christos Folias stressed the need at the European Union's Council of Energy Ministers in Brussels on Monday for the carrying out of investments concerning energy infrastructures.

    According to Folias, these infrastructures that lie at the heart of the real economy and investments that have been scheduled must be implemented without even one euro being lost, or even a day from their implementation.

    The minister further said that priority must be given in accordance with the progress of every pipeline, based on the principles of the guaranteed supply and security of the energy product.

    Folias also noted that there are no competing pipelines, but only supplementary ones, while priority is also given to renewable energy sources.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Development Minister Christos Folias

    [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Tuesday edition of Athens dailies at a glance

    Unprecedented riots in which hooded individuals set fire to, destroyed and looted Athens' and other major cities' commercial centers dominated the headlines on Tuesday in Athens' newspapers

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Night of agony and terror - Athens, Pireaus and Thessaloniki at the mercy of hooded individuals".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Night of terror - Madness and lunacy in Athens".

    AVGHI: "SYRIZA party leader Alekos Alavanos: General elections are the only democratic solution".

    AVRIANI: "The teenagers dismantled the state and hooded individuals burned Athens".

    CHORA: "Volcano - The international media talks of a government sinking in scandals".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Athens and Pireaus shops owners' outburst of rage against politicians and prosecutors".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "At anarchy's mercy - Night of terror in the center of Athens - Hooded individuals vandalised shops and banks - Human lives endangered".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Ungoverned state - Athens and Thessaloniki on fire - Damages in Heraklion, Chania. Larissa and other cities".

    ESTIA: "Situation out of control, with unpredictable consequences- Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis will meet with President of Republic Karolos Papoulias and party leaders".

    ETHNOS: "Government a simple spectator of the destruction - Hellish night in Athens - Chaos prevails in Greece- Bizarre police absence".

    KATHIMERINI: "Flames in the governance void- The government did not have a plan of action - The damage and destruction is countless".

    LOGOS: "Outrage ....Pupils' uprising - Athens turned into a battlefield".

    NIKI: "Chaos, the country in a state of emergency - The pupil's death sparked a social outburst".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "The working class movement will counter-attack - Struggle and alertness against the government's dangerous antisocial action".

    TA NEA: "Ungoverned country at the hooded individuals' mercy - Police was absent - The government, in panic, has tossed in the towel".

    TO VIMA: "The domino effect of violence - Athens and Thessaloniki in flames for the third consecutive night - Reactions over the pupil's death paralyze the country".

    VRADYNI: "Greece on fire - Groups of hooded individuals throughout the country dismantled the state".

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