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Greek media shocked by the violence

06 May 2010 / 13:05:14  GRReporter
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"Anger against the Holocaust" (Ethnos), "Bloody Wednesday" (Ethnos), "First dead IMF victims” (zougla.gr), “Greece goes numb facing the tragedy" (Vima), "Grief and indignation" (Vima), "When you went to work in the morning” (Ta Nea), “Abyss of responsibility "(Ta Nea), "Chronicle of Violence in the center of Athens” (Nea Ta) are part of the headlines, with which Greek media reported the tragic events of yesterday. 

"The hungry are furious. 5 million people live in the area of Athens and Piraeus, and out of them about two million are on the border of poverty," says in its leading article web portal zougla.gr.

"The country is on the verge of abyss" express his anger and sadness President Karolos Papoulyas. PM George Papandreou stressed the need to condemn all forms of violence and confirmed that the guilty will be found and punished and the state will support the victims' families. "There is no place for violence in a democratic country," said for Vima newspaper New Democracy party leader Antonis Samaras and called on all parties to ensure the normalization of the situation and for national uniformity. 

"The forces which used blind violence used a moment when a peaceful demonstration was taking place and caused the death of three people," said Minister of Civil protection Michalis Chrisochoidis. 

In their comments after an article in Ta Nea newspaper readers condemned the strikers who attacked the employees of the bank and talk about murder. "These same parasites that give us instructions on how to be humane or spread pamphlets on the streets or write slogans on the buildings and impose their false ideas on us, today revealed their fascist faces: "Let them burn, they are employees of the bank", "Let them die, they are cops”. How lovely your democracy is... ". 

Some readers expressed concern about the impact on the image of the country in front of the world in such a critical moment for Greece, where all eyes are focused on it anyway. 

According to another reader of Ta Nea newspaper, responsibility does not solely fall only on the state but on Greek society as well. "The events were broadcast live worldwide. ΒΒC had reports every 15 minutes. Damage is great, as all and especially the Germans, who currently have to vote for the package of financial support for Greece, began to realize that all Greek governments are weak to impose reforms for the rescue of the economy and that these reforms will not be implemented." Another Greek from abroad wrote: "I am really ashamed that I am Greek." 

Fear of what will happen in the following days and weeks is stronger than ever, especially for the government after yesterday's events, comments Vima newspaper and discloses that yesterday the Prime Minister conducted telephone calls with leaders of all parties. 

Meanwhile Bulgaria became the first country to issue a directive for its citizens to avoid travels to neighbouring Greece and repealed the regular train routes. Following Bulgaria a directive issued also Macedonia, and Great Britain warned its citizens travelling to Greece to avoid central locations in cities and to stay away from demonstrations. It is expected that this will affect the tourist flow to the country.

Tags: Greece Athens protest riots demonstration murder Marfin bank arson
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