Com­muter slap claim re­buffed

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STASY, the company that man­ages fixed-track forms of pub­lic trans­port in Athens, yes­ter­day re­buffed claims by a fe­male com­muter who said she was slapped by a ticket in­spec­tor at the cen­tral Omo­nia metro sta­tion when she re­fused pay a fine for fare dodg­ing be­cause she was un­em­ployed and was un­able to. In its state­ment, STASY said that “all the pro­ce­dures stip­u­lated by law were fol­lowed,” not­ing that the woman was led to the po­lice of­fice at Omo­nia sta­tion where the fine was im­posed.

Dock­work­ers strike.

Greek dock­work­ers are to walk off the job to­day in protest at gov­ern­ment plans to pri­va­tize ports across the coun­try. The ac­tion could dis­rupt ferry and cargo ship de­par­tures and ar­rivals. Pi­raeus dock­work­ers are plan­ning to gather in Klafth­monos Square, cen­tral Athens, at noon for a rally to protest what it de­scribes as the gov­ern­ment’s “po­lit­i­cally un­ac­cept­able” and “crim­i­nal” poli­cies.

Crash probe.

Po­lice and fire ser­vice of­fi­cials were yes­ter­day seek­ing to iden­tify the driver of a tour­ing coach which plunged into a ravine out­side Thes­sa­loniki on Tues­day un­der cir­cum­stances that re­mained un­clear. The bus had been parked on the side of a moun­tain road close to the small town of Hor­tiati when an ex­plo­sion oc­curred inside the ve­hi­cle, prompt­ing it to tum­ble down a 10-me­ter ravine. No one else was be­lieved to be aboard the bus when the blast oc­curred.

Hoe at­tack.

A 66-year-old ar­chi­tect was be­ing treated for se­ri­ous in­juries in the cap­i­tal’s G. Gen­ni­mata hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day after be­ing at­tacked by an as­sailant wield­ing a hoe in the cen­tral neigh­bor­hood of Exarchia on Tues­day af­ter­noon. Passers-by who found the man ly­ing on the street close to the apart­ment block where his of­fice is lo­cated said his head was bleed­ing and that he was con­scious but had ap­peared to have suf­fered mem­ory loss. Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors said it was un­clear whether the ar­chi­tect was at­tacked by would-be robbers or over a per­sonal dis­pute.

Bus board­ing.

Trans­port au­thor­i­ties in Athens an­nounced yes­ter­day that 56 lines will see the in­tro­duc­tion of a mea­sure whereby pas­sen­gers can only board buses and trol­ley buses by the front door. The mea­sure has been in­tro­duced as part of ef­forts to clamp down on fare dodg­ing.

Bo­gus mar­riages.

Po­lice in Pa­tra have ar­rested eight peo­ple and are seek­ing another four in con­nec­tion to al­leged bo­gus mar­riages that were used to help mi­grants ob­tain res­i­dence per­mits. One Greek man, four Greek women, two Nige­rian men and one Nige­rian woman were ar­rested in the port city. Another Greek man and men from Nige­ria, Afghanistan and Sene­gal are be­ing sought. The gang al­legedly paid Greek women up to 500 euros to marry ir­reg­u­lar mi­grants or to claim that they were the fa­thers of their chil­dren. The sus­pects face charges of form­ing a crim­i­nal gang, fraud and mak­ing false dec­la­ra­tions..

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