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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-12-15

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Students Take to the Streets Again
  • [02] Bidding Papadopoulos Farewell
  • [03] Oil Prices Up
  • [04] Tasos Papadopoulos Funeral on Monday

  • [01] Students Take to the Streets Again

    School and university students are staging street protests on Monday. A sit-in has been scheduled outside the headquarters of the Greek Police for 1200 hours, while students are planning to block central roads throughout Athens. They are also holding meetings to weigh up on their future stance.

    Education Minister Evrypides Stylianides called on the students to express themselves freely, without hoods on, further adding that the Ministry is planning to work along with teachers and parents, lest the tension should be transferred inside classrooms.

    In the meantime, the lawyer of the two policemen charged with the killing of the 15-year-old boy, Alexis Kougias, is expected to petition for their release.

    Source: NET-NET 105.8

    News item: 16720

    [02] Bidding Papadopoulos Farewell

    Cypriot-Greeks and Greece are bidding Tassos Papadopoulos, the political leader who dedicated his life in defending the rights of the Greek-Cypriots and left his mark on Cyprus' modern political history farewell. Scheduled for Monday morning at 11, the funeral is taking place at the church of Agia Sofia in Strovolos. Cypriot President Demetris Christofias, and the entire cabinet are there to pay tribute to the former head of the Cypriot state. Greece's Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis, Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, Socialist leader George Papandreou, LAOS head Giorgos Karatzaferis and a delegation of Greek lawmakers also attend the funeral.

    On 10.30am, the President of the Republic, Cabinet members and the government spokesman will sign the condolence book

    The book is to read: "In deep mourning, we are bidding former President of the Cypriot Republic Tassos Papadopoulos farewell and honouring his contribution to his homeland Cyprus in his capacity as lawmaker, House Speaker, Minister, Negotiator and President of the Republic."

    News item: 16710

    [03] Oil Prices Up

    Anticipating OPEC will announce a large production cut at its meeting this week, Asian electronic trading has witnessed a rise in oil prices. Light, sweet crude for January delivery was up $1.15 to $47.73 per barrel. Brent posted an 82-cent rise, standing at $47.25 per barrel.

    Iran, OPEC's second largest oil-producing nation, has been pushing for a production cut of 1.5 to 2 million barrels per day, as Iran's Oil Minister Gholam Hossein Nozari has been quoted.

    News item: 16707

    [04] Tasos Papadopoulos Funeral on Monday

    Former Cyprus President, Tasos Papadopoulos funeral service will be held in Nicosia's Strobolo suburb, at 11:00, on Monday. Archbishop of Cyprus Hrisostomos will head the funeral service at the Agia Sophia church.Prime-minister, Kostas Karamanlis and Foreign Minister, Dora Bakoyianni will represent the Greek government. Mr. Karamanlis will meet with Cyprus President, Dimitris Hristofias on Monday morning. Greece's Prime-minister attendance of former Cyprus President funeral indicates his personal as well as Greece's respect to former Cypriot President and recognition of his struggle for a viable solution to the Cyprus question. Also attending Tasos Papadopoulos funeral are PASOK President, George Papandreou, ND party secretary, lefteris Zagoritis and intraparty parliamentary delegation. Kostas Karamanlis had a close friendship relation with the Cypriot leader and placed the Cyprus issue on top of priorities list when he was elected Prime-minister in 2004. Former Cyprus President, died at 74 of lung cancer.

    Condolences Messages

    In his condolence letter, the President of the Republic, Karolos Papoulias expresses deep grief for Tasos Papadopoulos death. He underlines that T. Papadopoulos struggled with consistency for the future of Cypriot Hellenism within the frame of democratic legality which he defended in all difficult times. Cyprus recognized his services and elected him to the country's highest post, however, he did not live to see a just viable and functional solution to the Cyprus issue. I express my condolences to the Cypriot people and government and share their deep mourning. The Speaker of the House, Dimitris Sioufas says: "Deeply moved and grieved, on behalf of the Greek parliament, I pay tribute to a lost Patriot. Hellenism and struggling Cyprus lost a strong fighter, who served with faith for the rights of Cyprus. His death came at a crucial period but his memory and deeds will remain alive for ever. From Brussels, Kostas Karamanlis expressed his deep grief for the death of the former Cyprus President, Tasos Papadopoulos, stressing that he was a historical figure of Cypriot Hellenism whom he served with passion and dedication throughout his life. PASOK president, George Papandreou in his message to Cyprus President, Dimitris Hristofias among others says: " I was deeply grieved on the news of President, Tasos Papadopoulos death. Tasos Papadopoulos served Cyprus throughout his life, fought for the freedom of the island and next fought for the building of a modern democracy. He was the politician, the man, the friend with whom we together accomplished the difficult task of Cyprus admission to the EU block. I express my deep condolences to you, his family and the Cypriot people". In her condolence message sent to DHKO party Central Committee, the general secretary of the GCP, Aleka Papariga says: " I express my deep condolences for the loss of an expert and courageous politician who defended the interests of the Cyprus struggle from the post of Cyprus republic President during a most difficult and complex period."In its condolence message, SYN party says: " We express deep grief for the death of former Cyprus President, Tasos Papadopoulos, who was a significant political figure during the historical course of the Cypriot state. Deep condolences to his family and the Democratic party , which he led for many years". "A great leader of Hellenism passed away. Tasos Papadopoulos stood up to the US designs and impositions in the Anan blueprint. Hellenism is poorer" said LAOS President, George Karatzaferis.

    News item: 16695


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