|Thursday, 18 January 2018|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-01-21
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 In Support of Farmers within the FrameworkThe meeting between Rural Development Minister Sotiris Hatzigakis and Thessaly farmers has reached a deadlock. The farmers stated they would continue with their struggles and ask to meet with the Finance minister and the prime minister if the Rural Development Ministry does not come up with solutions. From his side, Mr Hatzigakis described many of the farmers' demands just, adding that the government would find a solution within the framework of the EU's fiscal policy and its rules. Farmers from Crete failed to be present due to the adverse weather conditions. Meanwhile, farmers continue to remain in several parts of the national road. Producers from Fthiotida, Viotia, Serres and Kavala refused to attend the meeting, demanding from the ministry to make its positions clear before any dialogue commences.
Despite their appointment with the Rural Development minister, farmers continue blocking the Athens-Thessaloniki national road, Egnatia and the border stations, cutting Greece into two.After the meeting, Mr Hatzigakis said that decisions on the amounts to be given for crucial products would be made in the coming days. Moreover, he reported that out of the 28 billion euros given to banks, rural economy would receive its respective part. This means that loans will be given to rural industries. Once more, Mr Hatzigakis stressed that he is open for dialogue.
From their side, farmer representatives stated they would continue with their struggles, describing the meeting a deadlock.
Sources: ÁNA-ÌPA-ÍÅÔ-ÍÅÔ 105.8
Relative news: Crucial Meetings on Rural Issue.
News item: 18006
 Under the Microscope of Antiterrorism BodySociety
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