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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-12-14

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From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] SYN's Response to Criticism
  • [02] Student Protests Continue

  • [01] SYN's Response to Criticism

    SYN leader Alexis Tsipras, who once again voiced his party's heartfelt solidarity with the youths' struggles, demanded the conservative government step down calling snap elections. "Violence generates violence," said he, noting that a broken faƧade was enough to slander labour struggles. He dismissed KKE's rhetoric as unacceptable, wondering why the Greek Communist Party and its head Aleka Papariga are in line with Giorgos Karatzaferis (President of Popular Orthodox Rally), who was currently acting as government spokesman. Alexis Tsipras then went on to outline six proposals that could "give a positive prospective to the citizens and the youth."

    Assessing the recent rioting, SYN leader stressed that the demonstrations taking place were not just street protests nourished by an accumulative frustration and indignation over practices that marginalize the new generations, but they also brought forth a positive load for radical changes.

    He put down the attacks on SYNto that fact that it was the only political power that objectively described the developments and their social causes. He noted that the government wanted to associate the demonstrations with the vandalisms and wondered why Papariga offered a helping hand to that.

    SYN's Proposals

    1. To put a brake on totalitarianism through direct and radical changes with a view to modifying the orientation and operation of the police forces.2. To defend and expand public education and research.3. To fight for full-time, stable and secured employment for all.4. To draw up and implement an emergency project aiming to drastically cut unemployment, especially among the young.5. To substantially raise wages and pensions.6. To abolish gender, religious, colour and sexually orientated discriminations.

    News item: 16706

    [02] Student Protests Continue

    Protesting the police killing of 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos, school students decided to go on with their street protests. New sit-ins have been scheduled for Monday outside the headquarters of Greek Police at Alexandras Avenue and local police stations, and street protests for Wednesday and Thursday. Students and citizens honoured Sunday Alexis' memory, staging rallies in Athens and other major Greek cities. Minor incidents were reported Saturday night both in Athens and Thessaloniki.

    Earlier on Sunday afternoon, riding their bikes and motorbikes, university students and anarchists demonstrated in Thessaloniki. Numbering about 1,000, the demonstrators gave out leaflets to the passer-bys and then dispersed.

    Minor clashes took place Saturday night in central Athens, since groups of youths torched three banks, a branch of the Public Works Ministry and dust bins.

    Earlier, youths had attacked the police station located in Exarhia district, where the 15-year-old boy was shot dead. After being pushed back by police, they made their way towards Charilaou Trikoupi Street where PASOK's headquarters are located and set dust bins ablaze.

    "Both the policeman's shooting and the raw violence are condemnable. The only solution to the problems is that each and every one of us should not let our indignation transform into an uncontrollable power of destruction. This is not t 'angered citizens', but a new form of 'terrorism by neo-anarchists'", said Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis in his interview with Cypriot paper Fileleftheros.

    News item: 16705


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