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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-12-11

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  • [01] Papandreou meets with Athens merchants' unions
  • [02] Protests in Manhattan, Italy over teen's death
  • [03] Euro sports ministers con'f in Athens

  • [01] Papandreou meets with Athens merchants' unions

    Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou stressed on Thursday that "the last few days we are experiencing the absence of a well-governed country, a country of justice that is able to protect human life, property and citizens' rights," speaking during a meeting with merchants' associations in Athens.

    "Violence over recent days has stricken merchants and that is the reason we are here today, to support them in their effort to reopen their stores and to search-out for a light in the tunnel before the holidays," he noted, adding that the future is not created via violence but with dialogue, democracy and humanity and with a government that respects citizens' dignity."

    [02] Protests in Manhattan, Italy over teen's death

    The Communist Party of Italy and the CGL Syndicate along with college students clubs organised a protest outside the Greek embassy in Rome on Wednesday demanding an in-depth investigation of the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of 15-year-old pupil Alexis Grigoropoulos. Similar protests were held outside the Greek consulate in Naples.

    Another rally took place outside the Greek consulate in Manhattan on Wednesday. Protestors held a black flag and expressed their solidarity to Greek demonstration against police violence, as they said.

    [03] Euro sports ministers con'f in Athens

    An EU sports ministers' conference began on Wednesday in a seaside resort southeast of Athens, expected to focus on the subject of "new ethical challenges in sports: From the latest in genetic doping to online gambling."

    The conference, which is co-organised by the Council of Europe's Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) and the Greek government, also aims to insure the financial autonomy of international sports organisations, such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the European sports NGO (ENGSO) and others.

    Participants will consider updating the CoE's 2001 Code of sports ethics and other ways to address ethics challenges, from match fixing and online betting to corruption and doping via gene manipulation. A planned resolution on sports autonomy would examine the increasing complexity of sports systems and ways to preserve the autonomy of the sports movement. A growing economic dimension in sport can bring financial autonomy, but could entail risks from sponsors, investors and gamblers.

    Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Greek Sports Deputy Minister Yannis Ioannidis and UEFA president Michel Platini will give a press conference on Friday.

    The conference will also elect the European member of the WADA Executive Committee.

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