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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-10-06

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  • [01] Marble statue found during restoration works in Epidaurus
  • [02] Inner Cabinet gives go-ahead for oil, gas exploration
  • [03] Incidents in Athens during nationwide strikes by unions

  • [01] Marble statue found during restoration works in Epidaurus

    ANA-MPA/A marble statue of the mythical god Hermes, a copy of a 4th century BC statue, has been discovered during restoration works of the surrounds of ancient Epidaurus. amna

    The life-size statue depicts the torso of a standing nude man with a cloak on his left shoulder and draped over his arm.

    According to archaeologists the marble statue, which is in excellent condition, is believed to have been sculpted in the Roman era, possibly in the 2nd century AD, during Emperor Hadrian's visit to Epidaurus. amna

    Archaeologists are not yet definite whether the head of the statue depicts Hermes or is the reproduction of a noted official of the era.

    The place where the statue was found is within the area of the ancient theatre is also believed to have also contained the ancient city's agora (forum). amna

    The artifact was moved to the Epidaurus Museum for restoration.

    The restoration works in the area are being conducted by the Culture Ministry's Epidaurus Monuments Restoration Committee.

    [02] Inner Cabinet gives go-ahead for oil, gas exploration

    / The Inner Cabinet on Thursday gave the "green light" for hydrocarbons (oil) exploration in three regions around mainland Greece.

    The Cabinet, chaired by prime minister George Papandreou, gave the go-ahead for oil exploration in an area in the Gulf of Patras, a second area west of Ioannina, and in the region of Katakolo, with an estimated potential of 250-300 million barrels over a period of 15-20 years.

    [03] Incidents in Athens during nationwide strikes by unions

    AMNA/A major turnout was reported in Wednesday's 24-hour nationwide strike by employees on the so-called DEKO (public utilities and organisations), state agencies and public services, called by the country's two main umbrella federations GSEE and ADEDY, while 10 people were arrested during clashes with police in Syntagma Square, outside the parliament building in central Athens.

    A total of 20 people were taken in for questioning by police, of which 10 were remanded and will appear before a public prosecutor and the other 10 were released.

    Meanwhile, the Attica General Police Directorate (GADA) announced on Thursday that an investigation has been ordered into instances of police brutality against journalists and demonstrators to ascertain the circumstances of the incidents and attribute responsibility.amna

    Demonstrators gathered at nearby Klafthmonos Square for the main GSEE-ADEDY protest rally and then marched to parliament, chanting slogans against the labour reserve measure and the Memorandum.

    According to reports, a group of approximately 500 younger-age demonstrators, who had previously been chased by police on Panepistimiou Avenue, broke through the main body of demonstrators and started throwing rocks against police, who responded with tear gas.amna

    Police finally isolated the troublemakers outside the metro station at Syntagma.

    According to strike organisers GSEE and ADEDY, which represent the private and public sector workers respectively, participation in the strike exceeded 90 percent.

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