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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-01-09

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] KKE warns of 'tax raid'
  • [02] Condemnation of Hania incident
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] KKE warns of 'tax raid'

    The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) on Friday lashed out at the government for its tax policy, calling on the working classes to engage in a "counter-attack", stressing that "only a counterattack launched by the workers and people can overcome obstacles."

    The KKE's political bureau underlined that "the people should not trust the government propaganda", warning that they will be faced with a "new tax raid".

    "The government declarations for fairer taxation on all incomes are the bait used to neutralize the popular counterattack," the KKE statement read.

    KKE also sharply criticised the stance adopted by GSEE and ADEDY labour unions.

    [02] Condemnation of Hania incident

    WASHINGTON (ANA-MPA) - Two major Greek-American groups this week expressed outrage over a recent arson attempt against the historic Hania synagogue, in Crete's eponymous port city, with the first condemnation issued in Chicago on Thursday by the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) / USA Region coordinator.

    "The Greek American community is outraged at the recent act of anti-Semitism at the historic Hania Synagogue in Crete. We are deeply disturbed that such acts of terrorism happen in 21st century Greece..." the statement read.

    In addition, a statement issued in Washington on Wednesday by the Pan-Cretan Association of America (PAA), underlined that Greek-Americans "castigate the arson attempt against the Hania Synagogue on Jan. 5, 2010."

    "After the attempt, January 5, 2010, to torch to the ground the historic Hania Synagogue, in Crete, we Cretans in the United States are outraged at all actions of anti-Semitism in Greece and all attempts to terrorize Greeks of Jewish faith," the statement read.

    "As an expression of our outrage at all actions against the Jewish Community in Greece we sign this statement and we appeal to all people of good will to voice their support in efforts to eradicate hatred and racism in Greece," the statement also read.

    Caption: An ANA-MPA file photo of Hania's medieval harbour.

    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Saturday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Heated reactions and opposition to a late-night amendment, tabled in Parliament, reinstituting taxes on inheritance transfers and parental gifts mostly dominated the front-page headlines in Athens' dailies on Saturday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "No by all to tax on parental property transfers, gifts".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Storm of reaction over amendment."

    AVGHI: "Taxpayers in the dark".

    AVRIANI: "Banks drying up after flight of 11 billion euros in capital over past two months".

    CHORA: "Tax raid amendment on parental transfers unconstitutional".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "They're abolishing objective tax criteria (for property)".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Tax riddle with property transfers (due to still undetermined tax rate)".

    ESTIA: "Lunacy over parental transfer taxes".

    ETHNOS: "Losses at funds (over alleged mismanagement)".

    IMERISSIA: "Two-speed objective tax criteria".

    KATHIMERINI: "Additional measures for 3.5 billion euros for 2010".

    LOGOS: "Burning tax hikes for tobacco, alcohol, inheritance".

    NIKI: "Confusion with parental inheritance".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Wave of reaction over sudden amendment".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Let monopolies pay".

    TA NEA: "Five new taxes hit property".

    VIMA: "Parental transfers: who wins, who loses".

    VRADYNI: "A heavy ... inheritance".


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