Scav­engers close land­fill

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The man­age­ment of the cap­i­tal’s big­gest land­fill at Fyli, north­west­ern Athens, was forced to close down the dump again yes­ter­day af­ter dozens of peo­ple, in­clud­ing young chil­dren, en­tered the premises in search of scrap metal and other re­cy­clable waste. Ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties, the land­fill stopped op­er­a­tions at 11 a.m. over con­cerns for the safety of the scrap col­lec­tors, who have raided the dump dozens of times over the past few months, lead­ing to its clo­sure on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.

No re­turn.

Demo­cratic Left leader Fo­tis Kou­velis has ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity of his party re­turn­ing to the coali­tion gov­ern­ment it quit in June over the clo­sure of pub­lic broad­caster ERT. “The rea­sons for our de­par­ture re­main and we dis­agree with gov­ern­ment pol­icy,” Kou­velis told Real News weekly. He also ar­gued the gov­ern­ment would have to call snap elec­tions if it plans to agree a third bailout with Greece’s lenders. “If there is an is­sue of a new agree­ment with Greece’s part­ners that will in­clude new oner­ous mea­sures, this will be a rea­son for call­ing elec­tions,” said Kou­velis.

Debt ar­rest.

A 45-year-old man was ar­rested in Pella, north­ern Greece, yes­ter­day over debts to the state in ex­cess of 3.7 mil­lion eu­ros.

Ser­res death.

A 50-year-old man died in the vil­lage of Lim­no­hori in Ser­res, north­ern Greece, yes­ter­day af­ter be­ing crushed un­der the de­bris of a wall that col­lapsed. The man, whose body was dis­cov­ered by rel­a­tives, is be­lieved to have been cut­ting down trees for fire­wood on an aban­doned prop­erty near his house when a wall which was sup­ported by a tree gave way.

Mu­nic­i­pal strike.

The union rep­re­sent­ing mu­nic­i­pal work­ers (POE-OTA) said yes­ter­day that it is plan­ning a work stop­page on Fri­day, Jan­uary 10, so that mem­bers of the union can at­tend a protest rally at the cen­tral Athens court com­plex where the union’s gen­eral coun­cil is to go on trial. The stop­page will start at 11 a.m., ahead of the noon gath­er­ing at the court, where 35 union­ists are to stand trial in con­nec­tion with ex­tended strike ac­tion in Oc­to­ber 2011 to protest cut­backs im­posed by the gov­ern­ment.

TO OUR READ­ERS.

Kathimerini English Edi­tion and the In­ter­na­tional New York Times will not be pub­lished on Mon­day due to the Epiphany hol­i­day. We will back on Tues­day.

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