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Athens Running Race: Downtown Closed for Motorists, May 15

Athens downtown will be closed for motorists on Sunday, May 15, 2011 as the 28th Running Race will be held. From 8 am until the end of the race the roads will be closed to traffic all along the three routes that will be used by thousands of runners. More …

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Greece: Shocking Video – Riot Policemen beat Protester

This is a video that has shocked Greeks and set three riot police officers under suspension. The footage shows a protester laying on the street, one policeman kicking him and another beating him with a baton. The moment the law enforcement men leave the protester, a third policeman rushes to …

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Athens: More Violence Breaks Out over Injured Protester

Tension and violence broke out on Thursday evening when left-wing demonstrators protested the severe injury of a demonstrator during an anti-austerity rally a day earlier. Angry protesters gathered at Athens University while some of them took down the Greek flag, replaced it with the flag for anarchy and rolled down a banner reading “Murderers”. The …

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Far-Right Extremists Chase and Beat Immigrants in Athens Downtown (video)

The situation in Athens downtown is out of control and racism is growing wild. A group of far-right extremists started chasing coloured immigrants in Athens downtown after  a mass rally to commemorate Manolis Kantaris, 44, who was stabbed to death by criminals from North Africa, according to a security camera of a …

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Athens downtown is boiling with anger and frustration

“Will you go…?” The old, thin man is standing at the doorstep of my friend’s shop – two blocks away from the spot where Manolis Kantaris, 44, was stabbed to death by criminals, alledgedly immigrants while he was going to pick up his car and bring his pregnant wife to the hospital …

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ALTER: The TV Channel that was…

At nine o’ clock Wednesday night, the desperate employees of the private television channel ALTER stopped broadcasting and uploaded a black and white  card reading: “The employees of ALTER are not slaves! They demand their due wages now! END THE CHARADE! ” Some weeks ago journalists stopped broadcasting news and infotainment …

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Athens: Protester seriously injured at anti-austerity rally

A young protester has been transferred to a hospital with serious head injuries, Greek news portals report. The 30-year old student was participating at Wednesday’s protest rally organized by the public and private sector labor unions. The student has been undergoing surgical operation and is in critical conditions. Erlier today, …

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Athens: Police Fired Teargas at Anti-Austerity Protest (video)

Small scale incidents and tension occurred between protesters and riot police near Syntagma Square in Athens downtown on Wednesday.  Riot police fired teargas and according to several Greek news portals, 7-8 protesters were taken to the hospital with respiratory problems due to teargas. Video A young woman was injured after …

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I have this country-side fantasy…

As I have been gardening in my balcony with all kinds of  herbs, tomatoes, paprika, aubergines and zucchinis and flowers, some kind of  old ancestor farmer DNA, a dig and grow alarm clock started ringing again.  A fantasy coming on and off since a couple of years – maybe a decade: To live …

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Greece: Skin Cancer Free Checking, May 9-13, 2011

Great Action for the early diagnosis of Skin Cancer and thus free of charge! Residents of Greece can undergo screening tests for skin cancer free of charge in private clinics and state hospitals from May 9 to 13, 2011. The Greek Association of Dermatology and Venereology will carry this action …

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(Upd) 10.000 European Youth Cards to be distributed to Greeks

 Finally a good news! Ten thousand discount cards will be distributed free of charge to Greek students, jobless or working youth, aged 13-30 years old. The European Youth Card is a discount and not a credit card and it will provide the cardholder with discounts to certain categories of goods and services …

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General Census for Greeks & Foreigners, May 10-24, 2011

A general census for humans living in Greece will take place May 10-24, 2011. An army of 55,000 enumerators will go on the streets, knock on doors and ask questions about age, occupation, education, employment. Furthermore there will be questions about the home,  like energy sources, water, heating, insulation, waste …

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5 May 2010: Remembering the Marfin victims

5 May 2010: Clouds of thick smoke are coming out the building of Marfin Bank, Stadiou branch in Athens downtown. Some bank employees are standing at the balconies screaming for help. Down on the street thousands of protesters try to help but have no means. An unprecedented tragedy is taking …

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5 Cretan Shepherds sue UK Sunday Telegraph

The shock for the five shepherds from Crete was big, when they saw their picture in an article with the non-flattering title “Drug-dealing shepherds set up Crete crime empire“. The article including the picture was written by British war correspondent Colin Freeman and was published in UK newspaper Daily Telegraph …

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Athens: Urban Train/HSAP Work Stoppage, May 5

Urban Train-HSAP employees will be on work stoppage, tomorrow THursday, May 5, 2011. There will be no urban trains from 12:00 noon until 04:00 p.m. The employees are holding a meeting to decide about further actions as they protest the mandadory employees’ transfers to other departments.

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Education Ministry decision angers parents of special needs university candidates

Hundreds of students with special needs -candidates for the university entrance exams – are undergoing an unbelievable stress test as the Minister of Education, Anna Diamantopoulou, abolished the special exams centres in several areas across the country. Alone from the island of Crete 160 boys and girls will have to travel to …

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It’s official! Unemployment kills!

Yes, it is official! Unemployment leads not only to financial extermination but also to biological. This is said more or less by Lazlo Andor, EU Commissioner responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Building a fairer future.    Each percentage increase in national unemployment attributes to a 0.8%  increase of suicides by …

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