Com­pen­sa­tion pay­ments start

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The La­bor Min­istry’s gen­eral sec­re­tariat for wel­fare was ex­pected to dis­burse the first tranche of com­pen­sa­tion to six At­tica mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties which suf­fered dam­age dur­ing heavy rain­storms on Oc­to­ber 24. Deputy La­bor Min­is­ter Vas­silis Kegeroglou an­nounced yes­ter­day that the sum of 304,667 euros was to be dis­trib­uted to the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Ilion, Aghioi Anar­gy­roiKa­matero, Fyli, Peris­teri, Pi­raeus and Acharnes. Ac­cord­ing to Kegeroglou, the cash was ex­pected to be dis­trib­uted to res­i­dents in the form of emer­gency 587-euro sub­si­dies.

Mon­u­ment van­dal­ized.

The gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day con­demned the des­e­cra­tion of the Holo­caust memo­rial in Athens after it was van­dal­ized with graf­fiti signed by the far-right group “Un­aligned Me­an­der Na­tion­al­ists.” In a state­ment, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Evan­ge­los Venizelos pledged that the au­thor­i­ties will do ev­ery­thing in their power to ar­rest the per­pe­tra­tors. The act was also con­demned by the Athens Jewish Com­mu­nity and the Cen­tral Board of Jewish Com­mu­ni­ties in Greece.

PSI protest.

Re­tail bond­hold­ers hit by the coun­try’s debt re­struc­tur­ing, or PSI, in 2012 staged a protest rally out­side the Fi­nance Min­istry in Athens yes­ter­day de­mand­ing that the gov­ern­ment make amends for their hefty losses. Pro­test­ers shouted slo­gans against the gov­ern­ment and hung a dead pig from a pole on the oc­ca­sion of World Sav­ings Day. “For the third time, we will cel­e­brate World Sav­ings Day as savers who had their sav­ings stolen by the state in co­op­er­a­tion with banks,” they said in a state­ment. Another protest was held in Thes­sa­loniki, north­ern Greece, out­side the Bank of Greece of­fices.

Tsochat­zopou­los ap­peal.

The ap­peal of for­mer De­fense Min­is­ter Akis Tsochat­zopou­los, cur­rently serv­ing 20 years for ac­cept­ing bribes in ex­change for weapons con­tracts, was post­poned un­til Novem­ber 14 yes­ter­day as the court ex­am­ines a slew of ob­jec­tions filed by his de­fense. Another 16 peo­ple, in­clud­ing the ex-min­is­ter’s wife, have been con­victed of money laun­der­ing and other of­fenses in con­nec­tion with the bribes-for-con­tracts scan­dal.

Precinct raid.

One of eight peo­ple ar­rested on Wed­nes­day night after an at­tack on a po­lice precinct in Meso­longi, western Greece, was re­manded in pre­trial cus­tody yes­ter­day. Two other sus­pects, aged 19 and 20, were re­leased on bail, while the other five were granted un­con­di­tional re­lease. The 27-year-old man who was re­manded is be­lieved to have been one of sev­eral peo­ple who threw Molo­tov cock­tails, rocks and sticks at the po­lice sta­tion after an of­fi­cer tried to stop two men from erect­ing a protest banner on a pub­lic build­ing in the cen­ter of Meso­longi.

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