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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-05-31

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  • [01] Papandreou appearance in west Athens
  • [02] Preparations for New Acropolis Museum
  • [03] Papariga address in Oropos

  • [01] Papandreou appearance in west Athens

    Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou continued his appearances and addresses ahead of next Sunday's European Parliament elections, with the former foreign minister speaking to young people and adults on Saturday evening in a west Athens district's pedestrian way.

    Papandreou, who walked the length of the main promenade in the Bournazi district, repeated his recent high-profile statement, noting that "either we change or we sink".

    A concert organised by the party's youth wing was later held in the area.

    In a related development, in comments carried by an Athens weekly, Papandreou emphasised that "each vote that changes things is a vote for PASOK ... protests are not enough to change the course the country has taken."

    [02] Preparations for New Acropolis Museum

    Last-minute preparations continued on Sunday at the New Acropolis Museum in central Athens, located some 400 metres beneath the south side of the Acropolis Hill. Landscaping and urban renewal works around the new state-of-the-art museum will continue up until the grand opening in three weeks. The new museum will display thousands of artifacts previously stored in other museums' warehouses, while the facility is expected to bolster Greece's long-standing demand for a return of the sliced-off Parthenon Marbles and friezes, currently held by the British Museum.

    [03] Papariga address in Oropos

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga continued her pre-elections appearances and addresses, as she spoke to supporters in the coastal town of Oropos, north of the greater Athens area.

    Papariga emphasised that the Oropos district has for many years suffered from pollution caused by neighbouring industries further inland, which affect streams, the water table and coastal waters. She also decried the lack of a sewage system in the region.

    Turning to the upcoming European Parliament elections, Papariga said the main issue, according to her, is whether the KKE will be stronger from the ballot, rather than whether ND or PASOK will come in first.

    She also characterised a vote for KKE as the only "useful" choice.

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