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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-02-06

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

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  • [01] Support for burnt synagogue in Hania
  • [02] Farmer road blocks down to 20

  • [01] Support for burnt synagogue in Hania

    Members of the Jewish communities in Athens and other areas of Greece travelled to Crete this weekend in order to attend Saturday's service at the Hania synagogue that recently became a target for two anti-Semitic arson attacks on January 5 and January 16. Roughly 100 people arrived to show their support for the Jewish community on Crete and protest against the attacks.

    In another show of support, they also announced that the synagogue on Crete will be twinned with that of Athens and would receive financial assistance from the Athens synagogue on an annual basis.

    At 12:30 on Saturday, those at the synagogue marched to the Hania town hall and met deputy mayor Aris Papadogiannis in order to present him with a resolution.

    The Hania synagogue, which suffered extensive damage in the double arsonist attacks, is one of the oldest synagogues existing in Greece and has been listed as a monument. In addition to structural damage suffered by the building, the two fires also destroyed roughly 2,500 books, some of them rare, computers and electronic files.

    Police later arrested two Britons, a Greek-American and a Greek man as suspects in the affair, while a U.S. national is wanted and still at large. One of the Britons, aged 32, has been remanded in custody and the other three released with conditions.

    [02] Farmer road blocks down to 20

    The Greek-Bulgarian border crossing at Promachonas was kept closed by protesting farmers and their tractors for the third consecutive week on Saturday, even as protest road blocks elsewhere in Greece were gradually dispersing.

    The 'hardliners' at Promachonas are one of 20 farmer road blocks that remain, while they were the last to abandon protest action during similar protests in 2009. The rest of the road blocks are mainly clustered in the prefecture of Thessaly, where the Nikaia, Tyrnavos and Mikrothives junctions remain closed to traffic.

    Access to and from the Promachonas border post has been open to cars and buses every four hours since Friday morning, while emergency cases are immediately allowed through. The number of trucks waiting to cross has also been reduced, as most truck drivers take the alternative route via the Exohi border crossing in Drama.

    Representatives of the farming associations still manning the road blocks will hold a meeting on Sunday to decide what further action they will take, if any.


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