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Two of the victims of Marfin bank tragedy buried today

07 May 2010 / 10:05:57  GRReporter
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Cars on Stadiou Blvd are moving slowly, pedestrians on both sidewalks are standing still and holding flowers in their hands. The smell of burnt ash is strong. In front of the broken window of Marfin Bank, where Angeliki Papatanasopoulou, Paraskevi Zoulya and Epaminondas Tsakalis tragically died, there are bouquets of roses and carnations covering the marble at the entrance. 

Among those leaving flowers was 57-year-old architect Kostas Konstantinidis. "Sorrow for the unjust loss of these young people brought me here. It is legal to protest. But no criminal act can be validated by any law," says Mr. Konstantinidis and leaves with tears in his eyes. 

Another casual passerby - Mr. Michael Curan, Irishman who has been living in Greece since 1987, stops with his bicycle and looks for a flower shop. "The most important thing is to find out whose interest it is to create chaos in Athens and the tragic death of those three young people,” he notes. 

The whole tragedy of the crime committed in Marfin Bank is focused in the face of Angeliki Papatanasopoulou. One year ago she got married with the blessing of the Archbishop of Kalavrita and approximately two days ago she learns she is pregnant and expects a boy - her first child that was going to be born in five months. 

32 years old the woman was working as a credit officer in the department of exchanges with the bank's businesses. Angeliki graduated from the Mathematics Faculty at the University of Athens and later studied in London. Her father, Harris - a lawyer by profession, and her mother Panayota – mortgage broker, are widely known among their compatriots. Friends and relatives of the young woman fall in shock after seeing a photo in the newspaper, which shows the balcony of Marfin building and the body of the girl who failed to get out on time and take a breath of fresh air. 

At the home of Paraskevi Zoulya in Marousi, relatives dressed in black are standing on the balcony on the third floor and speaking quietly. Paraskevi, 34, comes from Milos Island, but grew up in Athens. In summer, she used to go to the island to see her cousins and from time to time she was inviting a friend from the bank to go with her. Paraskevi was living with her parents, who are retired and at the bank she was working as a senior credit officer in the department of Exchange with companies. 

The 80-year-old mother, Mr. K. Politis - uncle, who was married to the mother, and girlfriend Eleni, will mourn 36-year-old Epaminondas Tsakalis, whose friends called him Nondas. Nondas was working in Marfin Bank as a credit manager in the same division as the dead young women. He had a degree from Athens University and a master's degree from a Scottish university. 

The funeral of the 32-year-old Angeliki Papatanasopoulou will take place at 05:00PM in Agio Ioannis, Kallithea, Egio, of the 35-year-old Vivi Zouliya in Milos at 05:00PM, and tomorrow is the funeral of 36-year-old Nondas Tsakalis in Lefkada . Their families wanted complete privacy and no media. 

Cameras on the street and testimonies of people talk about a skinny girl, who threw one of the improvised Molotof bombs. Police are looking for another two men who broke the windows of the bank with bats and dropped two more Molotof bombs. One of them in certain conditions could be recognized. Witnesses of the incident say that the small group of about 20 people have acted with soldier's discipline. It appears that they met at Omonia Square and they split the bombs between each other in the middle of the street. According to the counter-terrorism unit the probability of catching them is 50%. 

On Wednesday during the attack of Marfin Bank 26 employees were working inside. 23 of them managed to escape by jumping to the balcony of the near buildings, one jumps from the third floor and the others are rescued from fire-fighters. 

As a sign of mourning, banks will be working until 01:00PM today and exchange with customers will be done until 12:00PM. 

Based on articles from Vima newspaper

Tags: Greece Athens protest riots demonstration murder Marfin bank arson
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