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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-05-06

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] President's dramatic appeal
  • [02] Erdogan in Athens on May 14.
  • [03] Athens Mayor: Grief and rage
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] President's dramatic appeal

    President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias made a dramatic appeal on Wednesday to the "responsibility of us all" to not let the country take "the step into the void", following the death of three bank employees in a firebomb attack against a bank in downtown Athens earlier in the day, during the height of massive trade union protests against recently enacted austerity measures.

    "Our country has reached the edge of the abyss. It is the responsibility of us all to not allow the step into the void. And responsibility is proven in practice, not in words. History will judge us all. Harshly and without extenuating circumstances," President Papoulias said in a written statement.

    "It is difficult for me to find the proper words to express my grief and rage for the tragic death of three of our fellow citizens, who fell victims of abhorrent violence, which is alien to the values of a democratic society," President Papoulias added, and assured the families of the victims that the state will do everything so that this crime will not remain unpunished.

    "Preserving social cohesion and social peace is the great wager of these days," the President concluded

    [02] Erdogan in Athens on May 14.

    ISTANBUL (ANA-MPA/A.Kourkoulas) - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be visiting Greece on May 14-15, an announcement by his press office said on Wednesday evening.

    "The prime minister will be having high level bilateral talks and will co-chair the first meeting of the 'High Level Cooperation Council' which we believe will constitute an important step for a new acceleration of Greek-Turkish relations," the announcement added.

    According to the same announcement, the Turkish premier will be addressing the Greek-Turkish Business Council. "This visit will reinforce the relations of friendship, mutual trust and cooperation in all sectors," it concluded.

    [03] Athens Mayor: Grief and rage

    "The City of Athens expresses its grief for the three dead people and its rage for the new destruction in the city by the 'known-unknowns', who definitely are not the working people who demonstrated en masse over the repercussions of the economic measures on their daily lives," Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis said Wednesday night.

    He wondered "how many dead must we griefe, how much destruction to the city must we witness, for a democratically-elected government to be found that will say the big 'no' to this situation and wipe out, tonight, all these terrorists of our city".

    City of Athens crews took up work Wednesday night to restore the extensive damage caused. An initial inventory of the damage listed vandalism of Syntagma Square's main fountain and all its marble benches, and extensive damage to sidewalks, marble fixtures and road signs in the city center, as well as the destruction of 650 garbage and recycling bins, 400 small trash bins, 10 bus stops, 20 trees, and other damage.

    Extensive damage was also done to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside the parliament building, which hooded rioters threw rocks at.

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The death of three bank employees when their bank was torched by hooded individuals during a major labor demonstration in downtown Athens on Wednesday against the government's austerity measures dominated the front pages of Athens' dailies on Thursday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Cold-blooded murder! 3 dead, 47 injured, incalculable destruction to properties - Athens' center in flames".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Mourning for three innocent victims - Nationwide abhorrence over the cold-blooded murder of Marfin Bank employees by hooded perpetrators with fire-bombs".

    AVGHI: "Outcry against government - Abhorrence of the violence".

    AVRIANI: "Explosion of public outrage, but also bestiality of the 'hooded' individuals who blooded the huge demonstration, killing three working people".

    ELEFTHEROS: "(Demands of prime minister Papandreou) 'Giorgos get out now' - Murders of working people, orgy of violence and chaos in Athens".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Bloodshed in order to set up the consensus - Shame on the political party leaders".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "They left Athens at the mercy of the killers - They painted in blood a monumental peaceful demonstration".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "People's outrage over the measures - Murderous arson - Popular uprising with unprecedented (in size) rallies and marches throughout the country".

    ETHNOS: "Crime on the backs of the Greek people - Three innocent victims paid for the fury of the hooded individuals".

    IMERISSIA: "Crime against the country - Hours of responsibility for all the parties".

    KATHIMERINI: "Shock over the brutal violence - Three dead from fire-bomb at bank - Mass mobilisation against the measures".

    LOGOS: "People's rage over the unfair measures - Mass participation in demonstration".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "The explosion of 'random' violence a blow for Greece - Three lives lost in the center of Athens".

    NIKI: "Abyss Road, no. 0".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Mass turnout throughout Greece in strike demonstrations".

    TA NEA: "The abyss and the responsibility - Rage and worry after the crime".

    TO VIMA: "Everything at stake now - Greece froze from the triple tragedy".

    VRADYNI: "The tragic consequences of the political inanity - Three dead in Athens' massive rally".


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