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New demonstrations in Athens tonight

06 May 2010 / 12:05:28  GRReporter
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Paraskevi Zouliya 35 years old, Angeliki Papatanasopoulou 32 years old and Epaminondas Tsakalis 36 years old, are the victims of yesterday's unprecedented arson in branch of Marfin Bank on 23 Stadiou Street. In their memory all Greece will turn off its lights from 08:50PM until 09:00PM tonight.At the time of the attack 26 people were in the building, 23 of whom were rescued. According to survivors hooligans first spilled gasoline around the building and then threw Molotof cocktails. "They wanted death," said the husband of one of the injured in the fire. Earlier during the rally there were peaceful slogans "Set the Parliament on fire" and "Fire in the house of every banker”, but no one had assumed that these threats will become reality.

A special message of the Greek police says that law enforcement agencies are looking for three people who belong to anarchist circles in Athens and who have been recorded on Marfin and police security cameras. Police have information about the movement of the vandals before the arson in the bank and also some remains of the Molotof cocktails. The investigation is being handled by the Greek State Security and the Office for combating particularly serious crimes in Attica. Outrage was caused by the testimonies of the survived bank employees who while the building was burning fled on the balconies and were crying out for help and the people who have surrounded the building prevented the fire-fighters to reach the disaster site. The first fire-fighters arrived on foot.

During yesterday's riot in Athens 29 policemen were injured, arrested were 70 people, of whom the prosecutor left in custody 25. They are charged with attacks on police authorities, destruction of public property and violation of public policy.

The Union of bank officials announced today to be a public day off as a sign of protest against the brutal murder of the three innocent employees of Marfin Bank. Today on strike are municipal employees and all pharmacies will remain closed for today and tomorrow.

At 06:00PM today the two largest Greek unions GSEE and ADEDY have organized a demonstration outside the parliament against the economic measures of the government, which must be voted for today by the MPs. At that same time the communist union PAME organized a procession, which will start from Omonia Square.

The unions said they will organize another 24 or 48-hour strike next week to protest against the social security reform.

Tags: Greece Athens protest riots demonstration murder Marfin bank arson
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