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Greek ships to evacuate Europeans and Chinese from Libya

23 February 2011 / 11:02:29  GRReporter
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Five Greek passenger ships will sail to Libya to evacuate Greece and China nationals and transport them back to Piraeus. The negotiations for the transportation of Chinese are held by the diplomatic office of the country in Athens.

For this purpose the Minister of Citizen Protection Christos Papoutsis and his deputy Manolis Otonas are continuously cooperating with the directors of Greek police and coastguard who are tracking the conditions resulting from the events in northern Africa.

Two ferries left last night from Patras to a port in Libya in order to help the Europeans blockaded in the country to leave. According to some sources, ships would transport them to a port in Malta or Crete and there they would travel by plane to get home. The same sources claim that the ferries will sail several times to be able to transport as many citizens as possible.

Jamahiriya citizens who live in the Greek capital protested in front of the Libyan school. Protesters held placards with slogans " Libyan oil for the Libyans" and "We want a chance to change" and called Muammar Gaddafi to "go away".

Libyans urged the Greek government, the media and the Greek people "to help the Libyan people who suffer from the cruelty and barbarity of Gaddafi’s regime."

The message released by members of the Libyan community in Athens invited all who "have the ability and knowledge to help thwart the plan of the Libyan government to block the phones and internet access in the country in order to isolate protesters and repress the resistance against the regime."

Protesters blocked the traffic in one of the busiest avenues in the Greek capital. Then they went into the school yard, pulled down the Muammar Gaddafi’s flag from the pylon and replaced it with the revolutionary flag of the monarchy that ruled Libya until 1969. After that, they burned the flag and the "Green Paper" of the dictator.

Greek police seized the Libyans who came into the school building. According to protesters, some of them were minors.


Tags: SocietyEvacuationShipsLybiansProtests
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