|Monday, 18 December 2017|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-11-17
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 35th Anniversary of Polytechnic UprisingThe celebrations marking the 35th anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising will culminate Monday afternoon with the customary march towards the US embassy scheduled for 1500 hours. Thousands of police officers have been on standby to make sure nothing mars the celebrations, while professors, students and reps of social bodies will remain inside the Polytechnic's premises to protect the place. Roads leading to the US embassy will gradually close, and bus services will be altered.
"We honour the contribution of the fighters who were courageous enough during the military junta to stand up for their beliefs and fight for democracy," said Lefteris Zagoritis, secretary of ND's Central Committee.
"The ideological and political messages of the Polytechnic uprising, marked by the words Bread-Education-Freedom, assume a new meaning," stressed PASOK.
KKE called on the working class and the youth to honour the 1973 Polytechnic uprising against dictatorship, the USA and NATO, by expressing their decision against paying the repercussions of the capitalist crisis.
SYN President Alexis Tsipras will lay a wreath on Monday morning, heading a SYN delegation. "The Polytechnic uprising proved the everyday people, through collective action, can change the situation. The employees and the youth are necessary to believe in themselves, since we have come up against a world capitalist crisis and the dangers and challenges are huge," said SYN.
GSEE (Greek General Confederation of Labour) called on employees to join the commemoration events.
In the meantime, PASOK is planning to hand the flag of uprising to Parliament, read a letter sent to the Rector of the National Technical University of Athens.
More than 8,000 police officers have been on standby since Saturday to make sure nothing mars the celebrations, while the planning has been based upon the measures taken last year.
Police heads have advised police forces and riot police in particular to demonstrate collective spirit and avoid resorting to extreme actions.
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 State Budget About to Be SubmittedThe 2009 state budget is about to be submitted to Parliament, with its amendments manifesting the government's goals. Welfare policy, market and investment protection, and growth (probably below 3 percent of GDP) are the keynote fields. According to the latest prediction, the fiscal deficit is expected to range below 2 percent.
The support package includes the heating oil benefit, while, in the framework of the National Social Cohesion Fund, unemployed, single-parent families and pensioners will be granted targeted provisions.
In his interview with Apogevmatini paper, secretary of ND's Central Committee Lefteris Zagoritis heralded rises in EKAS, pensions, OGA and unemployment benefits. He unleashed a bitter attack on PASOK, further sending a message to his party mates, arguing that each one should do their job properly.
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 Obama on Economic Crisis & GuantanamoUS President-elect Barack Obama gave Sunday his first interview since winning the US presidential elections. Touching on the global financial crisis, Obama said that the crisis led to a consensus among conservative Republican-leaning economists and liberal left-leaning economists.
"And the consensus is this: that we have to do whatever it takes to get this economy moving again, that we're gonna have to spend money now to stimulate the economy. And that we shouldn't worry about the deficit next year or even the year after. That short term, the most important thing is that we avoid a deepening recession," he told CBS. He then went on to stress: " I think that we have to restore a sense of trust, transparency, openness in our financial system. And keep in mind that the deregulation process, it wasn't just one party. I think there's a lot of blame to spread around."
Interesting was his statement on the use of torture as an investigating method and Guantanamo. "I have said repeatedly that I intend to close Guantanamo, and I will follow through on that. I have said repeatedly that America doesn't torture. And I'm gonna make sure that we don't torture. Those are part and parcel of an effort to regain America's moral stature in the world," said he.
Source: ANA, AFP
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