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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-12-16

The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] NET Studio Stormed
  • [02] No Tolerance to Violence
  • [03] Policemen Accused of Battering 26yo Student Sentenced
  • [04] Farmers' Road Blocks
  • [05] K. Papoulias Discharged
  • [06] Student Protests Go On

  • [01] NET Studio Stormed

    A group of people stormed Tuesday noon NET's studio while its news bulletin was on. ERT President and Managing Director Christos Panagopoulos condemned the incidence, stressing that it wasn't students by unknown people who do not respect freedom and democracy, sneaking into the ERT premises.

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    [02] No Tolerance to Violence

    Greece's Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis touched on the recent rioting that wreaked havoc in Athens, while addressing a meeting of his ruling New Democracy (ND) party's parliamentary group. Karamanlis distanced the clashes from the students' protests, noting that they delivered a blow to the nation's economy and image. He then went on to argue that acts of violence, looting and destructions should be vehemently condemned by everyone. "Those who resort to them are enemies of social peace," said he, further adding that pushing forth ideas through violence was an insult to Democracy. Those who resort to violence should be isolated both socially and politically, stressed he, underlining that associating the problems the youths face with looting and destructions was beyond comprehension. "None of this should be linked to the fights of the new generation. The opposition parties, on the other hand, questioned the government's handling. PASOK (Socialist party) wondered what the youths were doing in the streets and whether Karamanlis could understand them so well, while SYN (Coalition of the Radical Left) urged the government to stop making things worse with student arrests.

    Associating the Youths' Fights with Vandalism Is Unacceptable

    "We all vehemently condemned the tragic incident that claimed a children's life. We decried the shooter's reaction. We were all shocked. But, some resorted to violence. Some resorted to destruction, vandalism, looting. They were proved enemies of social peace, enemies of everyday life, enemies of Democracy, which has no room for their actions," commented Karamanlis.

    He then went on to say that associating the worries of the young and their problems with vandalisms is unacceptable. "I am aware of the pressure exerted on them while preparing for the national-level exams. I am aware of their stress to find a job. I can understand the psychological cost brought about by the fact that their being depended on their families is expanded. That's why I will never cease insisting on the policy for a qualitative improvement of education and its association with the work market."

    He also touched on the government's actions to tackle the crisis, arguing that the situation demanded calmness.

    Reactions by Opposition

    Answering to Karamanlis' claim that he understands the youths, PASOK press spokesman Giorgos Papakonstantinou wondered why the youths took to the streets and whether Karamanlis really understood them so well.

    He further stressed that the Prime Minister yet again referred to the police's responsibilities and not for political ones. Commenting on the Prime Minister's claim to have education improved, Papakonstantinou wondered whether how this was possible with the spending on education being constantly trimmed.

    Those to be held responsible for raw violence would not go unpunished, the government stressed. Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos told Mega private television that the police's defensive stance during the violent clashes and vandalisms reported last week had been the government's choice lest there should be more victims. He also confirmed that the two policemen accused had violate the orders they had received.

    Also speaking on Mega private television, Socialist deputy Andreas Loverdos blamed the government and the police, while Nikos Voutsis, a SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) parliamentarian, spoke of a gap between the youths and police.

    SYRIZA distanced itself from vandalisms and did not urge students to shut their schools down, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras told NET 105.8.

    Source: NET, NET 105.8, ANA-MPA

    News item: 16780

    [03] Policemen Accused of Battering 26yo Student Sentenced

    The policemen held responsible for the battering of Cypriot student Avgoustinos Dimitriou, 26, were given jail terms ranging from 15 to 39 months. A Thessaloniki court sentenced four policemen to three years for aiding and abetting the battering against the 26-year-old.

    Three police officers and the former senior official were received three-year suspended sentence for taking part in bodily harm.

    News item: 16775

    [04] Farmers' Road Blocks

    Farmers from northern Greece have blocked several roads, including Egnatia and the old highway linking Serres to Thessaloniki. The Serres-Promahonas road network leading to the Greek-Bulgarian border is also closed. The farmers demand extension of EU subsidy on tobacco to 2013, cuts on VAT and freezing of loans. Mobilizations will continue according to statements by the president of Nigrita Independent Farmers Union. After three hours blockade, farmers of central Greece opened the Athens-Thessaloniki highway near the area of Tempi as their request for an urgent meeting with Agricultural Development Minister Alexandros Kontos was met. They are scheduled to meet with Mr. Kontos at 14:00, on Wednesday. During their Coordination Committees morning meeting, farmers vowed to take new actions as of 16 January if their grievances are not met.

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    Federations of farmers Unions from the 4 prefectures in the island of Crete are to meet on Saturday to decide on mobilizations after Christmas holidays.

    Sources: NA-PA

    News item: 16770

    [05] K. Papoulias Discharged

    President of Republic Karolos Papoulias got discharged from Attiko Hopsital after being submitted to surgery to implant a pacemaker. Mr. Papaulias thanked the doctors and the hospital's personnel saying: "If this is of any interest tomorrow I will go back to work".

    : 105,8

    News item: 16768

    [06] Student Protests Go On

    Still protesting the police killing of 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos, university and school students are planning to block several roads throughout the Attica basin. In the meantime, seven students charged with participating in the clashes reported last Tuesday in the city of Herakleion, Crete, were referred Tuesday to the Prosecutor. Students and teachers gathered outside the city's court hall to demonstrate their solidarity with the students charged. Students are currently staging a street protest in Herakleion, demanding the ones responsible for Alexis' loss be exemplary punished. Thirteen schools in the city have been taken over, while six of the eight Departments of the University of Crete have also been shut.

    Furthermore, the Teachers' Association of the high school of Nea Alikarnassos, Crete, has accused policemen of battering two students who had been seized although they had not joined the clashes. The teachers argued that the policemen cuffed them, cursed them and battered them, demanding they be exemplary punished.

    In the meantime, Alexis Kougias, the lawyer of the two policemen accused of killing the 15-year-old boy, has petitioned for their release, while the experts hired by the boy's family have asked for an on-the-spot visit of inspection.

    Those to be held responsible for raw violence will not go unpunished, the government has stressed. Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos told Mega private television that the police's defensive stance during the violent clashes and vandalisms reported last week had been the government's choice lest there should be more victims. He also confirmed that the two policemen accused had violate the orders they had received.

    Also speaking on Mega private television, Socialist deputy Andreas Loverdos blamed the government and the police, while Nikos Voutsis, a SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) parliamentarian, spoke of a gap between the youths and police.

    SYRIZA distanced itself from vandalisms and did not urge students to shut their schools down, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras told NET 105.8.

    Source: NET 105.8

    News item: 16765


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