Attack on leftist hangout
A group of Golden Dawn supporters on Saturday threw rocks at Resalto, a leftist, anti-establishment hangout in the Piraeus suburb of Keratsini located near the spot where rapper Pavlos Fyssas was stabbed to death by Golden Dawn member Giorgos Roupakias on September 17 last year. The supporters of the ultranationalist party conducted a military-style parade in the Piraeus suburb’s center prior to attacking the leftist establishments. According to sources, they also tried to tear down a banner raised in the rapper’s memory.
An opinion poll conducted by Kapa Research and presented at a conference on Saturday organized by the Hellenic Property Federation, has revealed that 73 percent of respondents believe the new unified property tax law is unfair. The survey also showed the worsening conditions in the local rental market, where there has been a spike in the number of tenants who either stop or delay paying rent, and property owners who are unable to pay their taxes.
Firefighters who put out a blaze at an OTE telecoms building in Kymi in northern Evia on Saturday, discovered the body of a man in the building’s basement. It was unclear whether the dead man was an OTE employee or someone who has sought shelter inside the building.
Authorities in Xanthi, northeastern Greece, were over the weekend investigating the provenance of a puddle of mercury that was found on a city center sidewalk on Friday, prompting the sealing off of the area. Sources suggested the leak may have occurred nine days earlier, during the transfer of machinery from the Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH) to a local laboratory. A professor reportedly attempted to clean up the spill but a colleague alerted local authorities.
Police in the Thessaloniki district of Toumba are looking for a 34-year-old Georgian national in connection to the death of a 95-year-old Greek woman in June last year. Another three suspects – two women and a man, also Georgian – have been arrested. According to reports the elderly woman died from the effects of being robbed and abandoned for three days while her family was away on holiday. During that time, the 34-year-old suspect was supposed to have been taking of her. The carer allegedly robbed her ward with the help of the three suspects in custody, making off with 260,000 euros in cash and 100,00 euros’ worth of jewelry.
A 50-year-old Greek suffering from liver failure was airlifted to Rome in an air force plane on Saturday in order to undergo a transplant. The order for the transfer was given by Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos while the cost of the flight was covered by the Hellenic National Center for Emergency Assistance, EKAV.