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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-12-24

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From: The Athens News Agency at <>


  • [01] Papandreou receives traditional dance troupes
  • [02] Happy Holiday from the ANA-MPA
  • [03] Two weapons used in attack

  • [01] Papandreou receives traditional dance troupes

    Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou on Wednesday received several traditonal dance groups of different parts of Greece that sang him Christmas carols. PASOK leader danced together with the members of the groups and afterwards both parts exchanged wishes and christmas presents.

    [02] Happy Holiday from the ANA-MPA

    Downtown Athens returned to a customary Christmas and New Year's atmosphere this past week following a week of self-styled anarchist rioting and violence in the city's centre, in the wake of a police shooting of a 15-year-old minor on Dec. 6, 2008. The photo shows Syntagma Square, across from Parliament, on Wednesday, 24 December 2008, the traditional hub of holiday events in the Greek capital. ANA-MPA / SIMELA PANTZARTZI.

    [03] Two weapons used in attack

    Two different weapons were used in an attack early Tuesday morning against a police bus carrying members of a riot squad in the east Athens district of Goudi, as the vehicle passed by a university campus. A crime scene investigation turned up seven spent 7.62mm cartridges belonging to two different weapons, presumably military-style assault rifles or light machine guns, and possibly used by two perpetrators. The incident generated concern in the country that self-styled anarchist or ultra-leftist terror cells will again strike law enforcement targets in the wake of the police shooting death of a 15-year-old youth earlier in the month in central Athens - an incident that caused unprecedented riots in the Greek capital and other cities. Moreover, site of the attack -- apparently taking place from within university premises that are "off-limits" to law enforcement due to Greece 's "asylum" regime for such institutions -- again generated heated debate over the issue of university asylum.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of a police bus same as the one that was shot at on Tuesday 23 December 2009 in the east Athens district of Goudi.

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