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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-01-20

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Aibazoglou Abduction Case Cleared
  • [02] Applications for 2009 Panhellenic Exams
  • [03] Farmers Block National Roads
  • [04] Under the Microscope of Antiterrorism Body

  • [01] Aibazoglou Abduction Case Cleared

    Thessaloniki Security Authorities have resolved case regarding businessman, George Aibatzoglou, 59, who was kidnapped last October. Thessaloniki Security has arrested two Albanian nationals, 23 and 25 years old and continuing investigations to locate a third person- a 35 year old Albanian.

    According to police, the 25 and 35 year old Albanians are the masterminds and executors of the 59 year-old businessman abduction while the youngest one, the 23 year old is believed to have played an assisting role in the criminal act.George Aibazoglou was held hostage for four days at the kidnappers' hide-out in Sykea, Thessaloniki. They demanded 400 thousand ransom to release Aibatzoglou. According to interrogation, the kidnappers received a lower ransom sum than the one they initially demanded in SMS messages to his son.

    News item: 17932

    [02] Applications for 2009 Panhellenic Exams

    Candidates for Panhellenic Exams 2009 can submit applications from 2 to 20 February. Electronic submission of application has been introduced as from this year. Candidates can download application forms from the Internet or find them at Lyceums. Candidates should follow instructions to complete application forms and submit them electronically from their Lyceums. Application forms will be in the Education Ministry webpage in the next days www.ypepth.gr.

    News item: 17930

    [03] Farmers Block National Roads

    Farmers have intensified mobilizations in several parts of the country protesting against low prices of farm products and demanding better price supports. They have barricaded the Athens-Thessaloniki national road in four places, Tembi, Nikaia near Larissa, Mikrothibes in Magnisia near Lamia and Castro in Boiotia. Farmers have also blocked Egnatia Road transport at Hrisopolis link for an hour and Xanthi-Kavala old national road. Links to Promahona and Exohi customs stations on Greek-Bulgarian borders are also cut as well as Strimonas and Strimonikos links blocking transport to Egnatia and Thessaloniki Serres national roads respectively. Farmers on the island of Crete have joined mobilizations seizing Heraklio airport runway disrupting flight arrivals and departures. They have also blocked Heraklio-Hania road at Platani.

    In an interview with state television channel NET, Agricultural Development Minister Sotiris Hatzigakis said "Inaugurating open door policy, the Agriculture Ministry door is open to all farmers for a dialogue".

    Mr. Hatzigakis appealed to farmers to avoid extreme forms of mobilization which will create problems to other social groups and lead to confrontations. He said that he was well aware of the farmers' problems and was in continuous contact with the economic staff in order to finalize farmers' relief and support measures. He asked for time allowance to prove his support to farmers in deeds.

    Speaking to state radio NET, Thessali Union farmer, Thanasis Kokkinoulis asked for resolution of farmers problems to a feasible extent. He underlined that farmers were not ungrateful and did not want to create problems to social groups but the government had to indicate its intentions soon.

    PASOK spokesman on agricultural development issues said that the government places importance on communication and not substance and underlined that PASOK has an integral program from the country's exit from the crisis.

    Referring to farmers' mobilizations,Government spokesman Evangelos Antonaros said that people have the right to defend their views without hurting interests of society.

    Former SYRIZA deputy Baggelis Apostolou visited Fthiotida and Boiotia prefectures farmers who gathered in Alamana, Tithorea and Castro. He stressed that SYRIZA supported farmers' mobilizations and attributed responsibility to ND and PASOK parties for the problems of farmers.

    Source: 105.8 - NA-PA

    News item: 17927

    [04] Under the Microscope of Antiterrorism Body

    Society

    In a multi-page proclamation sent to "To Pontiki" newspaper, the "Revolutionary Struggle" organization claims responsibility for attacks against Riot Police squad in Exarheia, where young policeman Diamantis Mantzounis was injured, Riot Police bus on December, 23, in Goudi as well as an unsuccessful bomb attack against an oil company in Faliro.

    The Eharheia attack was the response to 15 yo Alexandros Grigoropoulos death says the proclamation. The Anti-terrorism Body is already examining the proclamation of the Revolutionary Struggle organization.

    Use of violence is condemnable whatever its source is said government spokesman, Evangelos Antonaros. "There is no excuse and I will not waste any time on texts by some who want to justify the use of violence" said Mr. Antonaros.

    News item: 17754


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