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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-10-28

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  • [01] Students parade in Athens for 'Ochi Day'
  • [02] Shipping Minister proposes the lifting of the back-to-work order for seamen
  • [03] Pilgrimage to northern Greece by people from Tuzla, Turkey

  • [01] Students parade in Athens for 'Ochi Day'

    ANA-MPA -- A student parade took place in Athens on Monday to commemorate the anniversary of October 28 ("Ochi Day") national holiday under stringent security measures. The parade included participants of the Special Olympics and Boy and Girl Scout units.

    Earlier, a service was held at Agios Dionysios Areopagitis Greek Orthodox church and wreaths laid at the monument of the Unknown Soldier at Syntagma Square.

    The government was represented by Education and Religion Minister Constantine Arvanitopoulos, and Greek Parliament by parliamentary vice president Ioannis Drivelengas. Attica region director Yiannis Sgouros and Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis were also present.

    Pedestrian access to the parade area was restricted, with viewers allowed only at Panepistimiou Street, from Voukourestiou on, as Syntagma Square, where the officials' stands were, had been shut off.

    Administrative staff of the University of Athens and Athens Polytechnic held a rally at Propylaea downtown to protest transfers and layoffs in the public sector, while members of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) held their own national anniversary event on Korais walkway that included speeches and the laying of wreaths outside the former Gestapo jail.

    [02] Shipping Minister proposes the lifting of the back-to-work order for seamen

    ANA-MPA -- Shipping & Aegean Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis on Monday recommended to the prime minister the lifting of the back-to-work order for seamen effective since February 6, 2013.

    Varvitsiotis underlined that a firm demand by the Panhellenic Seamen's Federation (PNO) is being met, adding that a creative cooperation with the federation is being ratified for the benefit of society. "Seamen play a leading role in the effort made to lead the country out of the crisis," the minister said.

    PNO has announced that it will participate in the 24-hour nationwide strike called by private sector umbrella union GSEE for November 6.

    [03] Pilgrimage to northern Greece by people from Tuzla, Turkey

    ANA-MPA -- A large mission of 700 people from Tuzla in Turkey, whose ancestors had to leave the northern Greek regions of Kilkis, Thessaloniki, Kavala and Dramas under the population exchange in 1923 between Greece and Turkey in the context of the Treaty of Lausanne, arrived at the northeastern seaport of Kavala on Monday, on a pilgrimage voyage.

    The Turkish mission, including people who were small children during the population exchange, headed Tuzla Mayor Sadi Yazici accompanied by Turkish Deputy European Affairs Minister Alaattin Buyukkaya, Turkish parliament MPs, local city council members and a large number of journalists and television crews.

    Ninety years after one of the biggest population movements in the 20th century, people from Tuzla visited the homeland of their ancestors making the trip back on board a chartered cruise ship.

    The mission was welcomed at the seaport of Kavala by the local authorities with Kavala Mayor Kostis Simitsis noting the warm welcome the people of Tuzla had offered to a Greek mission that visited the town last April.

    The Turkish deputy minister underlined the need to fix major political mistakes of the past, noting that old wounds must heal and have real reconciliation.

    [In photo, pilgrims disembarking on Monday, October 28, 2013. Photo: Nikos Arvanitidis, ANA-MPA]

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