News in English 18-9-13
A 34-year-old man died in the early hours of Wednesday morning after he was attacked by neonazis and subsequently stabbed in Piraeus. The victim has been named as Pavlos Fyssas, a hip-hopper involved in the antifascist scene. He was stabbed in the chest outside a café at 60 Panayi Tsaldari Avenue in Amfiali, in the Keratsini district of Piraeus, shortly after midnight by a group of neonazis dressed in black and camouflage uniforms. He was taken to Tzanio hospital, where he died shortly afterwards. Before he died, he managed to identify the perpetrator and his accomplices, according to reports. P. Fyssas was a hip-hop performer who went by the stage name of Killah P. He was involved in organising concerts against fascism and other social activities in the area where he lived.
The 45 year old perpetrator of the murder of Pavlos Fyssas in Keratsini, confessed his action, while admitted that politically belongs to Golden dawn. The Greek police, with the presence of a prosecutor, investigated the offices of Golden Dawn in Mesogeion Street and Larissa’s train station in Athens. During the night, about 200 antifascists gathered at the murder scene. There were also gatherings of antifascists in Exarchia, in central Athens, and in Thessaloniki. Antifascists will assemble at 6pm at Keratsini, where Fyssas was stabbed. The Antifascist movement reacts to the murder of Paul Fyssa, with a central protest gathering in Amfiali, and pre-gatherings almost in every neighbourhood of Athens. Similar protest gatherings have been scheduled for today afternoon, in more than 10 Greek Cities.
The minister for Public Order, N. Dendias, announced a legislative action for the amendment of articles of the Criminal Code, concerning to what constitutes the formation of an armed group, clarifying that the amendment will be put to public debate in the coming days.
The president of the opposition party Syriza, Alexis Tsipras, stated that «we are facing a plan of destabilization and disorientation, orchestrated by extreme right wing centres and the neo – Nazi gang of Golden Dawn»
The party of Anexartitoi Ellines, point out the need of the establishment of a «democratic patriotic front, against the black alliance» adding that «For as long as Nazis with the exhortation of politicians and «journalists» prepare to climb up to the scale of power, as new partners of the coalition government of the lenders, their true role will be revealed». The party of PASOK, states that Golden Dawn, should finally be addressed for what it really is, a criminal organization that turns against life of both, foreign and Greek citizens. The Communist party of Greece, calls upon all people, and youth, to condemn massively the murder of the 34 year old Pavlos Fyssas in Keratsini, by Golden Dawn’s fascists. Unions and Syndicates of Piraeus have issued a joint statement, about the murder of the 34 year old Pavlos Fyssas in Keratsini, which refers to «criminals of The Golden Dawn”.
According to information published in local media, the man who pulled a gun against the protesters in Patras is arrested and kept in the police headquarters of PAtras. According to the same sources, he is an Italian retired policeman, who is reported to be associated with extreme right wing groups of Italy. The gun found in his possession was a stun gun, and he claimed that he pulled it, in an effort of intimidation, when members of antiauthoritarian groups threw stones at the offices of Golden Dawn.
A photograph from Greece through the associated press agency, showing a woman, owner of a shop near the Acropolis, kicking a small Roma girl who sits and plays accordion on the sidewalk, because as she claimed, the child was bothering her, has been posted all around the world. The incident was captured by the Associated Press photographer, Dimitris Messinis.
Thousands of striking Greek public sector workers took to the streets today, closing hospitals, schools and transport links, bringing many parts of the country to a standstill. Strike and protest gathering of ADEDY and PAME in Klafthmonos square and Omonoia square is underway. The centre of Athens is inaccessible because of the protest gatherings. The Metro Station at Syntagma is closed for Safety reasons. The Public Sector is shut down today and tomorrow, due to the 48 hour strike of ADEDY, in protest for availability. In the Strike mobilization participate employees of the local and regional authorities and judicial employees.
Teachers in private schools also start a 48 hour strike today, while the public educators of second grade continue their five-day strike until Friday.
The employees in the sector of public health are in protest mobilizations, with hospital doctors on a three-day strike which started yesterday, and the public hospital employees striking today and tomorrow.
The General confederation of Greek Workers, GSEE, participates in today’s mobilization with a four-hour work stoppage until 3pm.The Panhellenic Federation of Railway employees participate in the work stoppage, along with OME OTE and the Syndicate of employees in the Electricity Company.
During these hours, the train routs of OSE and the suburban train will not be operated, while the Metro line stops at the station of Doukissis Plakentias.
The Administrative personnel of Higher and Technological Institutions, have also scheduled demonstrations on Friday, against the mobilization of 1.500 employees
The signature of the Ministry of Education is missing by the list of Availabilities, since the issue of Administrative Employees, evaluation in Universities and Technological Institutions is still unresolved, as well as the signature of the Ministry of Defence, because of the exemptions for relatives of fallen soldiers in the line of duty, which have not yet been legally settled
The Teachers Federation of Greece accuses the leaders of the Ministry of Education, for authoritarian and of no planning, redeployment of Educators. Meanwhile, the board of the Teachers Federation asks for an urgent meeting and public debate, at a national television network.
The blockade of the premises of Argyroupoli and Nea Smirni was held today by the Committee of Workers in ACS courrier company of Alimos-Glyfada, in cooperation with unions of their sector and collectivities of the region, in an escalation of their protest against the «sudden death» of two annexes of the company.
Following a decision by their general assembly, staff of the Greek Institute of Geological and Mineral Exploration staged a three-hour work stoppage at 11:30AM, and a march on parliament. «We resist the promotion campaign of an organization chart and staff regulation that is attempting to alter the applied research character of the Institute by degrading to extinction the research on primary energy materials, metals research and the technical support units of research projects», the staff members stated in their announcement.
A riot policeman who participated in a violent attack against protesters and journalists on the 27th of June, 2006 at Propylaia received a suspended eight-month jail sentence from a judge at the Athens court of first instance. The policeman was sentenced for simple bodily injury a misdemeanour after a lawsuit filed by Argiro Morou, a journalist for the Eleftherotypia daily, against unknown parties the same evening she and other photo-reporters were assaulted by police. The policeman was identified by his colleagues after the broad publicity gained by the visual material of the attack. Identification of other riot police who attacked photo-reporters and citizens at the same demonstration was not possible and they escaped being brought to trial.
There are many blanks evident in the examiner’s report on the conditions of the death of 19-year-old Thanasis Kanaoutis, who fell from a moving trolley bus on the Zappeio-Agios Ierotheos route after an altercation with a ticket inspector. Despite its 100-page length, the examiner’s report, which was ordered by the Peristeri Traffic Police, failed to reach any useful conclusion. Characteristically, it mentions that “The manner in which the trolley door opened will possibly only come to light from eyewitness statements”. The special examiner only mentions the technical description of the vehicle and the manner and strength required to force the trolley door open. However, relatives of the unfortunate young man maintain that: “There is no report on the movements neither of the victims, nor of the inspector and the passengers, or any other action or movement in the fateful trolley, so as to determine precisely what took place in the vehicle that cost the life of the 19-year-old. It deals only with a technical description of the vehicle without taking into account any data from the file. This raises even more questions about the purposes of the investigation into the fatal accident…”
The historic “EMBROS” theatre which had been padlocked yesterday morning by employees of the Hellenic Republic Assets Development Fund in the presence of police forces has been opened again the same evening by decision of the open assembly of residents, people in solidarity and collectives that took place in Agion Anargiron Square.
The deputy minister for Public broadcaster P. Kapsis, threatened yesterday that the intervention of the prosecutor in ERT’s premises of Agia Paraskevi is a matter of time. Mr. Kapsis added that within days, the names of the rest of employees hired in the transitional broadcaster of DT will be announced and that also a radio program will soon be broadcasted.
Employees, students and faculty of the National Technical University of Athens, in the context of their protest demonstrations and on the decisions of the workers’ unions, in collaboration with ERT’s employees, organize a concert today at 19.00 dedicated to Education, with the participation of many artists and intellectuals, on Wednesday September 18th, at 8 pm. The concert will be held in the courtyard of the historic Building of the Polytechnic, at Patision street. In the ERT premises the French movie «the letter that changed my life” will be screened for those who can not attend the concert.