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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-03-13

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Explosions at three political offices in Thessaloniki
  • [02] FM: Government will safeguard Greece's sovereign rights
  • [03] Finmin meets potential participants in Athens airport tender
  • [04] Museums and archaeological sites closed until March 19

  • [01] Explosions at three political offices in Thessaloniki

    AMNA--Explosions occurred in downtown Thessaloniki on Tuesday evening at the political offices of Alternate Environment Minister Stavros Kalafatis and New Democracy party deputies Costas Gioulekas and George Orfanos.

    The attacks caused only material damage Five employees left the offices in time, while the causes for the attacks remain unspecified.

    The unidentified attackers placed the explosive devices (possibly composed of gas cannisters) at the entrances of the three offices and the explosions occurred almost simultaneously shortly before 8 in the evening.

    Gioulekas said that at the time of the explosion a female emloyee was in the office who went on to the balcony and was then removed by firemen. According to reports, another two employees were removed in time from Kalafatis's office and an equal number from the office of Orfanos. The three explosions did not injure anyone.amna

    The worst damage was caused at Kalafatis's office, which is located on the last floor of an apartment building in Katouni street where an extensive fire broke out. Firemen discontinued the supply of electric power in the entire apartment building where only offices operate and then extinguished the blaze.

    Speaking after the attack, Gioulekas said that "democracy cannot be terrorised, it is not stood up at a distance of six metres. Those who did this must feel ashamed, a person was put in danger".amna

    On his part, New Democracy party Political Committee Secretary and Iraklio deputy Manolis Kefaloyiannis made the following statement on the attacks: "We unequivocally condemn tonight's arson attacks against the offices of the party's deputies in Thessaloniki, Mr. Stavros Kalafatis, Mr. Constantine Gioulekas and Mr. George Orfanos. These attacks harm democracy. The coordinated attempt to terrorise the political world will fail".

    [02] FM: Government will safeguard Greece's sovereign rights

    AMNA--The Greek government will safeguard all of the country's sovereign rights as these derive from international law, the Foreign Ministry said late Tuesday night, following a note verbale submitted by Turkey to the UN in which Ankara disputes the Greek islands' right to a continental shelf and Exclusive Economic Zone.

    [03] Finmin meets potential participants in Athens airport tender

    AMNA--Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras on Tuesday had a meeting with representatives of the Chinese investment fund Shenzhen Airport and Fredmann Pacific Asset Management, which was also attended by the leadership of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) in charge of Greece's privatisations drive.

    The meeting was held to discuss participation in a tender for Athens International Airport, in which the Chinese investors have expressed interest.

    [04] Museums and archaeological sites closed until March 19

    AMNA--Museums and archaeological sites will remain closed until Tuesday March 19, as union staff initially employed under the former Culture Ministry, now merged with the Education Ministry, are escalating their mobilisations, demanding an the ministry's independence and withdrawal of a draft plan by the Culture General Secretariat.

    At a general assembly meeting on Tuesday, union members decided to hold rolling 24-hour strikes, daily gatherings at 8:00 a.m. and assemblies at the central building of the former Culture Ministry to enable the employees themselves to determine the course of the struggle.amna

    On Wednesday the strikers will meet to evaluate the draft plan, if it will have been made public by then, and a gathering will follow at the National Archaeological Museum at 11:30 a.m., after which union members will participate in a rally by ADEDY, the umbrella union for civil servants, at 3:30 p.m.


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