Dozens arrested in Patra
Police and coast guard officers in the western port city of Patra yesterday said that they had arrested some 25 suspected human traffickers and over 110 migrants without proper travel documents trying to illegally cross into Italy over the previous 20 days alone. Most of the migrants were found hiding in large trucks boarding ferry boats heading across the Ionian Sea. The coast guard also reported that in one truck alone they found 12 underage migrants, while during another check they found two women with two children each. All the minors and the two mothers were released.
The family of a 23-yearold student who died on Tuesday when the KTEL intercity bus on which she was traveling crashed into an illegally parked truck on the national highway leading north to Thessaloniki has donated her organs. The director of Thessaloniki’s AHEPA hospital confirmed yesterday that her eyes will be transplanted into two patients suffering from degenerative eye disorders – a man aged 29 and a 30-year-old woman. A second female student also died in the crash.
A 39-year-old man in Volos, central Greece, is facing charges of illegal weapons possession and use of force after allegedly forcibly stopping a motorist on a rural road on Wednesday night and demanding to know whether he was of Greek or foreign origin. The driver of the car, who was also carrying a passenger, allegedly told police the 39-year-old was wearing a T-shirt with the logo of ultranationalist party Golden Dawn and allowed the motorist to drive off only when he responded that he was Greek. A search of the suspect’s home uncovered a number of illegal knives and material suggesting he is a supporter of Golden Dawn.
The secondary school teachers’ union (OLME) yesterday called on members to gather at the central Athens court complex on Evelpidon Street today to protest the arrest on Tuesday of Pavlos Anagnostopoulos, a member of public sector union ADEDY and anticapitalist party ANTARSYA, during a rally against the assumption of Greece’s presidency of the EU. OLME also called a work stoppage from 8 to 11 a.m. ADEDY, meanwhile, also called a stoppage from 11 a.m. until the end of the working day.
Fan club attack.
Police in the western port city of Patra yesterday increased patrols near popular soccer fan hangouts after a local Olympiakos fan club was attacked late on Wednesday night. According to reports, four men riding two motorcycles hurled a homemade explosive device into the club, located on the ground floor of an apartment building. No injuries were reported.