Greek released in Istanbul
A young Greek who was among several foreign students arrested in Istanbul late on Wednesday amid ongoing protests against the Turkish government was released without charge yesterday. Giorgos Iatropoulos faced a prosecutor yesterday but was not charged. He was reported to be one of 13 foreign students taken into custody. It was not clear whether authorities would deport him along with the other students arrested in Istanbul, which has been gripped since last week by protests prompted by plans to redevelop Gezi Park. Earlier, SYRIZA had expressed solidarity with the arrested Greek student.
The likelihood of strikes by seamen working on passenger ferries abated yesterday when the sailors and their employers signed a new two-year collective labor contract. The agreement between the Greek Shipowners Association for Passenger Ships (SEEN) and the Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) means that the mariners will not receive any wage increases over the next two years.
Name and shame.
Exasperated by residents dumping rubbish in some seafront areas, the Municipality of Patra said yesterday that it would make public the names of anyone it catches littering. “Unfortunately, the fines that have been imposed so far have not brought some people in line,” said the port city’s deputy mayor for environmental issues, Giorgos Sigalas.
A moderate quake measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale occurred off the coast of Pylos in the Peloponnese shortly before 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon, causing no injuries or damage but making itself felt across Attica. A quake of the same magnitude occurred east of the capital on Tuesday and was felt across the city.
A previously unknown group calling itself Proletariat Self-defense Groups yesterday claimed responsibility for an arson attack on the office of the Justice Ministry’s general secretary for transparency, Giorgos Sourlas, on Monday, which caused significant damage and injured one woman, and another two bloodless attacks on offices of the Environment Ministry and the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) in Athens on the same day.
Defense Minister Panos Panayiotopoulos yesterday broached the issue of a recent spate of Turkish violations of Greek air space in the Aegean with his Turkish counterpart, Ismet Yilmaz. Panayiotopoulos raised the issue on the sidelines of a summit of NATO defense ministers in Brussels. According to sources, Panayiotopoulos said the violations did not help efforts aimed at improving cooperation and goodneighborly relations between the two countries.