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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-01-15

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  • [01] Police hold rare protest
  • [02] Greek stocks end 1.94% down

  • [01] Police hold rare protest

    Two separate protests took place in downtown Athens on Thursday by diametrically different groups, as police unions rallied in front of Parliament demanding an end to violence against them, and in general, while a few blocks away -- in front of Athens University's 19th century administration offices -- protesters attended a rally organised by leftist and out-of-Parliament groups.

    The latter again demanding that a ban on non-profit, non-state universities remain in place in the country and that "asylum" status -- no law enforcement presence -- on various campuses around the country also remain unchanged.

    The central slogan at the rally by police officers was "violence against police is violence against society and democracy."

    No incidents or any tension was reported at the gathering in front the of university building during the peaceful demonstration.

    Police unions took the initiative in the wake of a terrorist gang's assumption of responsibility for three attacks on police over the recent period, including an ambush of three police sentries last month, which left one 21-year-old officer seriously injured.

    [02] Greek stocks end 1.94% down

    Greek stocks lost further substantial ground in the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday, pushing the composite index of the market near the 1,700 level. The index ended 1.94 pct down at 1,709.69 points, with turnover rising to 163.5 million euros, of which 1.4 million euros were block trades.

    Most sectors moved lower, with the Food/Beverage (4.78 pct), Banks (3.58 pct) and Constructions (3.04 pct) suffered the heaviest percentage losses of the day, while the Financial Services (0.52 pct), Telecommunications (0.51 pct) and Travel (0.27 pct) scored gains.

    The FTSE 20 index dropped 2.20 pct, the FTSE 40 index fell 0.32 pct and the FTSE 80 index ended 0.53 pct. Broadly, decliners led advancers by 125 to 66 with another 59 issues unchanged.

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