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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-01-24

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Work of Culture
  • [02] Under the Microscope of Antiterrorism Body
  • [03] Cliff-Hunger Abduction
  • [04] Deliberations on Asylum
  • [05] Battlefield

  • [01] Work of Culture

    News

    Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis praised a project initiated by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation to build a new National Opera and National Library on the site of the old horse-race track in Faliro, the architectural plans for which were unveiled to the public for the first time on Saturday in an event at the Zappion Building.

    "It is a day of anticipation and pride in a monumental project," Karamanlis said in remarks at the event and described Stavros Niarchos as a "great national benefactor," whose foundation was creating a "small planet - oasis for the areas of research, technology, culture and education, a reference point for young and old".

    Mr. Karamanlis stated his support to the materialization of both the planning and the opening of the park of the project which will be a landmark and a comparison test fir equivalent projects.

    Speaking on behalf of Stavros Niarchos foundation, Andreas Drakopoulos said: "We are honored by the opportunity given to us to honor Greece. Today is in fact a day of anticipation; a day of pride for a big and monumental project. And this event is an important step in the progress for the materialization of one of the most ambitious projects of Culture in the new era".

    All installations will be constructed in accordance with the most advanced environmental and technological specifications, with buildings and installations that are self-sufficient in terms of energy and produce minimal carbon emissions, using a series of arrays of interlinked photovoltaic cells to cover the energy needs of the complex, which will be powered exclusively by solar and wind power.

    The project will be completed after 2015 and expenses will rise to 450 million euros.

    News item: 18117

    [02] 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

    [03] Cliff-Hunger Abduction

    The police have launched an operation to locate the three armed individuals, who abducted ship owner Pericles Panagopoulos near his house in Kavouri Monday morning. Originally, the culprits held the shipowner's driver hostage and later released him in Koropi. Two of the vehicles that had been used in the abduction were found burnt in the same area. The authorities are carrying out intensive search, as the ship owner is encountering health problems and should get his daily medication. The police believe that the abductors belong to a well-organised ring, aiming at getting ransom. Until now, nobody has contacted Mr Panagopoulos' family. The police have not ruled out the possibility for the abductors to be the same people who had recently abducted a cardiologist in Vari.

    News item: 17602

    [04] Deliberations on Asylum

    University students will decide today whether they will proceed with sit-ins or other forms of mobilizations.Regarding the hot issue of the University asylum, it appears that political parties are ready to present clearly their views, at a time when they are being criticized by the University students and Professors for lack of political will.

    University bodies will adopt a coordinated action and hold a discussion with tangible results. From his side, new Education Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos expressed his support to a dialogue and concession, so that the big problems of Education are resolved.

    News item: 17596

    [05] Battlefield

    Extensive incidents were reported in Athens, Thessaloniki and Patra after the tragic death of the 16 years old in Exarcheia area yesterday, Saturday. Earlier and during the march of about 4.000 people in Alexandras Avenue, protestors caused extensive damages to shops and banks and put fire in two blocks of flats. Tear gas choked the central Alexandras Avenue and protesters rained petrol bombs down on police, setting fire to buildings. Acrid grey smoke filled the air and glass and rubble were strewn across the street. Residents said that people were inside the building during the clashes but this information has not been officially confirmed yet. Police forces answer back using tear gases while fire brigade forces try to put out fires. In Thessaloniki new incidents were reported. Clashes between police forces and protestors also occurred in Patra.

    Anti-police Riots in Athens and other Cities

    Alexandras Avanue looks like a battlefield after the protestation march. 5 people and two citizens were injured in incidents in Lycabetus area. They were all transferred in Red Cross hospital.

    SYN, the youth of Synaspismos the network of citizens and social Rights, the autonomous intervention organization NAP, KKE, the communist Organization of Greece, teachers and students participated in protestation marches in front of General Police Department of Attika (GADA)

    While the march started peacefully, anarchists burnt window shops and police forces answered back using tear gases. Meantime, students remain in the building of National Polytechnic, Law Schools as well as in Athens University of Economics and Business.

    Twenty-four police were injured in Athens, one of whom remained in hospital, a statement said. Six people were arrested for looting shops and one for carrying a firearm."It is the first time in my life I've seen the city ravaged in this way. The government is to blame," said Ioannis Damascos, 59, surveying the damage in central Athens.

    Athens police said at least 31 shops, nine banks and 25 cars were damaged by fire during Saturday night's protests, which devastated the capital's busiest commercial districts ahead of Christmas sales. Twenty-four police were injured in Athens, one of whom remained in hospital, a statement said. Six people were arrested for looting shops and one for carrying a firearm.Anger among Greek youths has grown as by the gap between the rich and poor in recent years becomes bigger. Street violence at student rallies and fire bomb attacks by anarchist groups are common.

    Despite appeals for calm from Greece's conservative government that has been rocked by scandals, unemployment, economic recession, violence broke out again today.

    News item: 16425


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