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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-02-21

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  • [01] Papandreou warning to banks
  • [02] Latest manifestation of urban terror gang takes responsibility for TV station parking lot shooting
  • [03] Anniversary of Ioannina liberation

  • [01] Papandreou warning to banks

    Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou was quoted on Saturday as warning Greek banks that they could face nationalisation if they act irresponsibly.

    In comments reprinted in an Athens daily, Papandreou, the former foreign minister, states that "we (PASOK) won't hesitate to proceed with nationalisations if necessary ... the banks can no longer be free to take their decisions".

    The PASOK leader charged that amid a period of economic crisis banks want Greek taxpayers as partners in losses but not in profits. He also sharply criticised what he called outrageous salaries paid to banking executives, sums he said are paid for by Greek borrowers, "an unprecedented social provocation", as he noted.

    Additionally, he again criticised the government for its 28-billion-euro liquidity support package to domestic banks, saying it lacks guarantees that banks' funding will be funneled into the real economy.

    The interview was published in the Saturday edition of "Imerissia".

    [02] Latest manifestation of urban terror gang takes responsibility for TV station parking lot shooting

    A recently emerged moniker for the perpetrators of series of terrorist strikes in the recent period, "Revolutionary Sect", took responsibility for a shooting spree in the rear parking lot of an Athens television station last week.

    The ultra-leftist urban terrorist outfit using the specific name took responsibility in a proclamation left with a mass circulation Athens daily, while also issuing threats to journalists and warning of new strikes.

    In uncharacteristically crude ideological phraseology, the proclamation refers to "slugs of media journalism, which besides saliva that they leave behind them when flattering their establishment bosses and the (vested) interests of their sponsors, will soon leave blood as well."

    The proclamation was left outside a residence in the Kato Patissia district where a botched police raid in September 1998 during a hostage situation resulted in the death of a woman.

    Four suspects sprayed cars with bullets during an afternoon attack at the Alter television stationās parking lot.

    [03] Anniversary of Ioannina liberation

    President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias arrived in the northwest lakeside city of Ioannina on Saturday to attend events marking the 96th anniversary of the city's liberation from Ottoman rule by advancing Greek forces in 1913.

    "I am certain that despite the (economic) crisis at hand, Greece and Greeks have the ability and skills to deal with whatever unfavorable circumstances. I am certain that better days are ahead for the country," he said following a military parade through the city, the biggest and traditionally the most important metropolis in the Epirus province.

    Immediately afterwards, Papoulias unveiled a statue of the most eponymous ruler of Epirus during antiquity, King Pyrrhus, in a central Ioannina square, before attending an official reception in his honor at the city's officers' club.

    Caption: President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias unveils a statue of ancient king Pyrrhus of Epirus in the city of Ioannina on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009. ANA-MPA / PARASKEVI PAPPA.

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