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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-05-23

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  • [01] Papandreou visits Elefsina, Drapetsona
  • [02] KKE SG on Euroelections
  • [03] Tsipras in Thrakomakedones
  • [04] Karatzaferis in Igoumenitsa

  • [01] Papandreou visits Elefsina, Drapetsona

    Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou visited the 355 Regular Transport Squadron in the coastal city of Elefsina on Saturday, where firefighting aircraft are stationed, thanked officers for their detailed briefing on their preparations for the summer and the possible wildfires they may have to tackle and said "we all feel proud of their work and their heroic efforts, particularly during peak wildfire periods."

    Papandreou went on to say that "my presence here today is to stand by their work and to commit myself that we shall be providing all the means and all the assistance necessary for their moral and material support to enable them to carry out their task without dangers for their own life."

    Papandreou visited the Elefsina air base on the day of the sad anniversary of the death of Air Force pilot Costas Iliakis in the Aegean.

    According to the briefing, the 13 CL15, 8 CL415, 28 PZL and 11 Grumman firefighting aircraft that the country possesses, apart from those it rents, will be in a state of full operational readiness between June 1-10, while crews and aircraft mechanics have an excellent level of preparation.

    After visiting Elefsina, Papandreou visited the premises of the old fertilizers factory in Drapetsona, on the outskirts of Piraeus.

    "We are here to highlight one of the big problems of Attica, particularly of the region of Drapetsona, a problem that could also be an advantage, since we can all see that the region here is probably one of the most beautiful that the Mediterranean has. However, the coastal front of Attica is forbidden for the needs of its many citizens," he said.

    Papandreou, also referring to the situation prevailing in Western Attica, said that "an ecological apartheid exists that is social injustice and inequality," adding that "we are coming to give the same rights to the citizen."

    CAPTION: ANA-MPA file photo of main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou.

    [02] KKE SG on Euroelections

    Communist Party of Greece Secretary General Aleka Papariga called on Saturday for support for her party in light of the upcoming Euroelections.

    She called for the rallying of not only the party's members and friends but also of those who believe that strengthening KKE will be something positive and radical that will provide a momentum for resistance and a counter-offensive.

    Papariga added that she was calling for rallying "to secure the third deputy. And, therefore, for the third deputy to be secured KKE must have a substantive and spectacular upsurge for which the preconditions exist."

    She further said that "many more can vote for KKE for the first time, knowing that it had resisted over all the past years, it had struggled and if KKE had not been like this matters would have been far worse for working people."

    Papariga concluded that KKE "has stability, an upward course and, therefore, this must be continued. It is not a shooting star party. They can't get their hands on us. We have been put to the test. The only thing that is urgent today is that on June 8 in Brussels and in Greece there be a spectacularly different message in favour of KKE. A new beginning will take place."

    CAPTION: ANA-MPA file photo of Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Secretary General Aleka Papariga.

    [03] Tsipras in Thrakomakedones

    Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (Synaspismos) party leader Alexis Tsipras toured the regions of Thrakomakedones and Menidi, on the outskirts of Athens, on Saturday.

    He said in a statement that the real dilemma in the Euroelections has nothing to do with the meaningless dispute between green parrots and blue barbarians.

    "The real dilemma is, if as of June 8 (the day after the Euroelections), this policy will continue that reduces rights, salaries and pensions and that leads the new generation to the sidelines," he said.

    Tsipras called on citizens to participate in the Euroelections massively and to send a message to the forces that are insisting on the one-way path of the Stability Pact, the Lisbon Treaty and on the one-way path of a policy that has led to a dead end.

    "On June 7, therefore, we shall have an opportunity in our hands and we are certain that we shall utilise it," Tsipras concluded.

    CAPTION: ANA-MPA file photo of Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (Synaspismos) party leader Alexis Tsipras.

    [04] Karatzaferis in Igoumenitsa

    Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party leader George Karatzaferis toured the coastal town of Igoumenitsa, in northwestern Greece, on Saturday.

    He reiterated his party's position on the name of the neighbouring Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), as well as its opposition to Albania's accession to NATO and the European Union until "the human rights of the Greeks in Northern Epirus are settled."

    Karatzaferis also referred to the phenomenon of illegal immigration and to incidents occurring in Athens with muslim illegal immigrants, criticising leftist circles of showing their great sensitivity for the muslim religion but of failing to show similar sensitivity when the Christian religion is being reviled.

    "We are participating in the Euroelections with the slogan of transparency and shaking off corruption wherever it exists," he concluded.

    CAPTION: ANA-MPA file photo of Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party leader George Karatzaferis.

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