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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-05-02

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From: The Athens News Agency at <>


  • [01] Justness of people's struggle
  • [02] LAOS n new measures
  • [03] Alternative road exists
  • [04] 4.2R jolts northern Crete

  • [01] Justness of people's struggle

    ANA-MPA/Communist Party of Greece (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga said on Sunday after the government's announcement of new austerity measures that "the time has arrived for the great and irreplaceable people's responsibility to prove that they do not believe the government's blatant lies but in the justness of their struggle", and called the new measures agreed by the government with the EU-IMF barbarous".

    Papariga stressed charged that "what prime minister George Papandreou said that the measures will not affect the workers in the private sector is a lie, the measures will affect the public and the private sector with new labour relations, the social security reforms and the abolition of collective labor agreement negotiations, and the blackmailing by the large capitalist employers".

    [02] LAOS n new measures

    Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) George Karatzaferis sharply criticised the government on the new package of measures it announced on Sunday.

    He accused the government of being weak, "that is why the negotiation (with the EU-IMF) was also weak, resulting in the measures announced by the government earlier today".

    Karatzaferis described as "people of the New Rome" the 'troika' of European Commission, European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) officials "who imposed measures that crush our dignity without any guarantee for the future, without any guarantee that we will be able to have growth, without any guarantee that we will be able to permanently escape from the crisis".

    He further charged that prime minister George Papandreou has "managed to become part of the problem".

    Earlier, LAOS spokesman Costas Aivaliotis said that Papandreou's "rehashed painful ideas mean lots of antipyretic medicines but no flu medicine".

    "They may give relief today, but without development, the symptoms will simply become worse tomorrow".

    [03] Alternative road exists

    ANA-MPA/Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA parliamentary alliance) parliamentary group leader Alexis Tsipras called the new measures announced by the government on Sunday as "criminal choices" that "do not concern only the coming three years".

    The measures "are sinking us into a dark tunnel that will continue for at least the next two decades because, if we accept this road, many years will be needed to restore even the few, but existing today, productive forces of the country," Tsipras said, adding that the choices the government co-drafted with the IMF and the EU "in no way comprise the only road for the country".

    He accused the government of proceeding "panic-stricken and without any democratic legitimacy" to the "unconditional surrender of Greek society to the savage intentions of capital and the markets".

    [04] 4.2R jolts northern Crete

    quake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale jolted northern Crete on Sunday afternoon.

    According to Athens Geodynamics Institute the earthquake was recorded at 3:25 p.m north of Rethymno, with its epicentre 255km south of Athens and an epicentral depth of 42 km.

    The earthquake was also felt in Iraklion, but no damage has been reported.

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