Greek re­leased in Is­tan­bul

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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.

Ferry agree­ment.

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.

Py­los quake.

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.

Ar­son claim.

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.

Aegean provo­ca­tion.

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.

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