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

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  • [01] Fatalities reported amid protests
  • [02] Football play-off match postponed for Thurs.
  • [03] Stocks suffer heavy losses

  • [01] Fatalities reported amid protests

    (ANA-MPA) -- Three dead were the result of a firebomb attack against a bank in downtown Athens early Wednesday afternoon during the height of massive trade union protests against recently enacted austerity measures, aimed to prevent the country's insolvency.

    Initial and as yet unconfirmed reports state that the victims, all bank employees, died from asphyxiation after the bank's storefront windows were smashed and firebombs tossed inside. (ANA-MPA)

    The bank was identified as a Marfin Egnatia branch, located on Stadiou boulevard. (ANA-MPA)

    Caption: Mostly youthful rioters throw objects at police (not seen in the picture) in central Athens on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, during massive protests in the Greek capital's centre against austerity measures. ANA-MPA / O. PANAGIOTOU. (ANA-MPA)

    [02] Football play-off match postponed for Thurs.

    (ANA-MPA) -- A Superleague football match between PAOK Thessaloniki and Olympiacos Piraeus at the latter's home field, the third match in the ongoing play-off round, was postponed for Thursday due to the violence in Athens hours earlier during union protests, which left three bank employees dead.

    The game will be played on Thursday at 21:15 local time (19:15 GMT) at the Toumba stadium.

    [03] Stocks suffer heavy losses

    Stocks came under heavy pressure again, ending sharply lower at the Athens Stock Exchange on Wednesday, hit by a negative climate in international markets and a new rise in the Greek bond spreads. The composite index of the market fell 3.91 pct to end at 1,662.10 points, with turnover at 247 million euros.

    The FTSE 20 index fell 3.89 pct, the FTSE 40 index ended 3.08 pct down and the FTSE 80 index dropped 3.76 pct. Broadly, decliners led advancers by 161 to 27 with another 35 issues unchanged.

    All sectors moved lower, with the Food (-7.08 pct), Travel (-6.85 pct), Constructions (6.46 pct), Technolocy (-5.11 pct), Health (-5.09 pct) and Banks (-3.08 pct) suffered the heaviest percentage losses of the day.

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