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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-08-19

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  • [01] Incident with PAO, Atletico Madrid fans
  • [02] Political fallout over charge by leftist MP involving Siemens

  • [01] Incident with PAO, Atletico Madrid fans

    Two supporters of the Spanish football club Atletico Madrid were reportedly roughed during an incident with supporters of the Panathinaikos Athens club in downtown Athens on Wednesday.

    Atletico and Panathinaikos will be playing in a Champions League qualifying round match at the Athens Olympic Stadium later on Wednesday evening.

    The incident occured at rougly 5:30 p.m. at an intersection near the north side of the Acropolis.

    According to the police, a group of Spanish fans arrived in the district where a store selling Panathinaikos sportswear is located and the incident ensued under unspecified conditions.

    The two fans, a father and son, were slightly injured and were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

    [02] Political fallout over charge by leftist MP involving Siemens

    A statement by Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) deputy Pericles Korovessis on Tuesday concerning the involvement of leftist politicians affiliated with the then Coalition of the Left (Synaspismos) in alleged Siemens kickback dating as far back as 1989, generated a firestorm of reactions by the current Synaspismos and its affiliated SYRIZA Parliamentary grouping.

    However, on Wednesday Korovessis said his statement "was tantamount to an appeal to the left to publicly and categorically deny these allegations, because, precisely, failure to deny them entails the risk of turning it into part of a problem that 'belongs', by right, to the implicated forces of capital and neo-liberal two-party rule."

    Meanwhile, Synaspismos president Alexis Tsipras insisted that the Siemens affair is a scandal of two-party rule, adding that "we are before degenerate phenomena. And everyone must assume his responsibilities and an end must be put."

    Additionally, it was announced that SYRIZA's Parliamentary group will convene on Tuesday and will reportedly discuss the furor caused by Korovessis' statement.

    In a related development, SYRIZA MP Yiannis Dragasakis, who served as the alternate finance minister in the Zolotas unity government of 1989, charged that "these statements ... constitute a political mistake, because at a time when the two major parties are facing each other with specific allegations by specific persons regarding bribery on their part, P. Korovessis, unprovoked and without any evidence, is placing the left in the same position as the parties that exploited power, public money and state procurements in Greece over the past decades."


    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) representative Makis Mailis, commenting on Wednesday's statements by Korovessis, said that "with his new statements, Korovessis neither succeeds in even patching up the provocation that he made, equaling that of (LA.OS party leader George) Karatzaferis, nor in covering up his anti-KKE malice and regrettable role in favour of New Democracy and PASOK."

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