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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-05-04

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  • [01] PAME protestors' takeover of Acropolis
  • [02] Gunman arrested in cash & carry holdup a wanted member of 'Robbers in Black' gang, employee shot
  • [03] Economy to recover from 2012

  • [01] PAME protestors' takeover of Acropolis

    A group of approximately 200 members of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) affiliated PAME trade union movement staged a takeover of the Acropolis at dawn Tuesday, in protest of the government's austerity measures.

    The protestors hung a huge banner with the slogan "Peoples of Europe, rise up" in Greek and English.

    Negotiations were currently underway for the protestors to leave the Acropolis.

    [02] Gunman arrested in cash & carry holdup a wanted member of 'Robbers in Black' gang, employee shot

    Two hooded gunmen shot and seriously injured a supermarket employee during an armed robbery in a cash-and-carry in the Tavros district of Athens on Monday night, and two suspects were arrested later, one of whom is wanted for belonging to the 'Robbers in Black' gang.

    The gunmen fled with 50,000 euros from a Praktiker store in a stolen car, which was found abandoned a short distance away a few minutes later.

    The employee was rushed to hospital with chest wounds.

    The police counter-terrorism squad is investigating whether the detainees are members of a terrorist group.

    The investigation so far has revealed that one of the two detainees, who was injured in the legs by police bullets, is not one of the suspects wanted in the "Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire" terrorist group case, as the suspect had initially said himself, but is one of the "Robbers in Black" for whom a 600,000 euros rewards has been offered for information leading to their location and arrest.

    The injured robber has also been hospitalised in serious condition.

    Police also believe that other accomplices were involved in the Praktiker hold-up, given that the stolen 50,000 euros were not found on the two suspects arrested.

    Announcements are expected by the Greek Police (ELAS) headquarters.

    [03] Economy to recover from 2012

    Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Minister Luca Katseli on Monday said she did not expected a recovery of the economy in the next two years.

    Addressing a Digital Economy Forum in Athens, the minister said the government should use all its weapons to support enterprises during this difficult adjustment period and to lay the foundations for a competitive economy in 2012 and 2013 when a gradual recovery of the economy was expected.

    Mrs Katseli said the 110-billion-euro support framework for the next three years was a safety net to cover the country‚s borrowing requirements, allowing the government to implement a fiscal restructuring program, boosting competitiveness and exiting the crisis.

    She unveiled the three targets of economic policy, fiscal restructuring, improving competitiveness through structural reforms and transparency. To achieve fiscal restructuring the ministry has set four priorities next year, including electronic supplies, electronic prescription of pharmaceutical products, IT systems in state hospitals and close monitoring and digital surveillance of the fuel market. She also said a draft bill to be tabled to Parliament next week will envisage measures simplifying procedures for business start-ups.

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