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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-03-13

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

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  • [01] Patras carnival kicks off with main parade
  • [02] Greece says 44,035 refugees were in its territory on Sunday

  • [01] Patras carnival kicks off with main parade

    Over 30,000 carnival revelers are expected to participate in the main parade on Sunday which will close this year's Patras Carnival. The big parade which started at 14.00 follows yesterday's smaller night parade of revelers who danced and sung in the streets.

    King Carnival, traditionally a grand, spectacular and satiric figure which opens the parade, is wearing a top hat, smoking a cigar and holding Greece's three bailout deals in his two hands.

    Numerous floats are following behind with themes inspired among others by the ongoing economic crisis, such as the "Political cohabitation agreement" float, which consists of two figures representing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem sitting relaxed on a couch.

    The Carnival will end at 21.00 with the traditional burning of King Carnival at the old port, which will be accompanied by a fireworks display. Celebrations will continue with a two-hour concert by the band Passepartout and four-member Greek band Alcatrash.

    [02] Greece says 44,035 refugees were in its territory on Sunday

    The ministry of migration policy said on Sunday 44,035 refugees were in Greece's territory, with 8,904 located on the islands of the eastern Aegean, 10,987 in the region of Attica and 12,000 stranded in Idomeni, in northern Greece.

    According to the data, the islands of Chios, Samos, Lesvos, Leros, Rhodes, Symi, Megisti, Kos, Farmakonisi, Patmos, Kalymnos and Samothraki registered 2,702 new arrivals of refugees and migrants on Sunday who are hosted in hot spots and other camps. The majority (5,310) are on Lesvos, while Chios and Samos had 2,561 and 410 people respectively.

    In the region of Attica, 4,166 people are housed in the old airport facilities of Ellinikon and another 3,300 are in Piraeus port.

    Central Greece is accommodating 1,102 refugees, while the majority (23,042) in northern Greece and specifically at the makeshift camp of Idomeni (12,000). The former military camp of Mazaraki in Kilkis accommodates 3,640 refugees and Nea Karvali 3,370.


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