Commuter slap claim rebuffed
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..