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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 03 March 2018
6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 3 MARCH 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Golden Dawn attacks anarchist centre in Pireaus suburb Five people injured, including a lawyer for the Fyssas family at the Golden Dawn trial Five people were injured on Sunday when Golden Dawn attacked an antiestablishment, anarchist club in the Piraeus suburb of Keratsini. According to eyewitness reports, the attackers, wearing helmets and chanting slogans in support of the extreme right party, smashed their way into the Favela Free Social Centre shortly after 7.00 pm, screaming “you are going to die” and “this is Piraeus” and indiscriminately hitting those gathered there for a weekly meeting using torches and iron bars. The assailants smashed windows and furniture and chanted the slogan "Blood, honour, Golden Dawn." No arrests have been reported. Two of the injured were taken to hospital, one of whom, Eleftheria Tompatzoglou, is among the legal team representing the family of the late Pavlos Fyssas, at the ongoing trial against the Neo-Nazi party. Fyssas, also known as Killah P, was an antifascist activist and rapper who was stabbed to death by Golden Dawn member Giorgios Roupakias at Keratsini, on 17 September. The murder is alleged to be part of a series of violent attacks by the Nazi gang, mostly against migrant workers in the port city suburbs. The investigation led to the prosecution of dozens of Golden Dawn members, some of who are elected in the Parliament, on a wide range of charges, not least among them participation in a criminal organisation. The anti-establishment group recounted the incident on their Facebook page, stating: "When we opened the centre this afternoon for our weekly meeting, we were attacked by a group of Golden Dawn members with iron bars, helmets and flares. The space got damaged and people present were injured. We refute all the ridiculous reports that circulate in the media that explosives were found at the location and that our members' homes have been under investigation. A longer statement will follow. This will not remain unanswered. We are not afraid of such attacks!" Tompatzoglou also re- ferred to her injury on her Facebook profile, posting: "They thought that they would stop us, judging by themselves and by the other coward little people that are following them. But what they don't know and will never understand is that we are not the same. They don't know that instead of scaring us, they making us tighter. “They don't know that our decision to run a free space in Piraeus is a conscious political decision that we will support till the end. They don't know that as long as we are standing, we will fight for a society of equality and solidarity. They don't know that Piraeus is ours. And what they certainly don't know is that yesterday they broke the wrong heads." Living conditions in Athens grim A survey conducted on behalf of the Attica Regional Authority has revealed the challenges faced by those living in the Greek capital, with one in five people earning less than €500 per month While Greece's economy has been showing promise for some time now, a survey conducted on behalf of the Attica Regional Authorityand Labor Centre of Athens has revealed people living in Athens and the Attica prefecture are still very much feeling the effects of the crisis. Conducted at the end of 2017, the survey analysed people's living and working conditions with a sample size of 1,501. It included people aged 18 to 65 employed in the private or public sectors, and others who were unemployed. Of those surveyed, 57 per cent of people hired in the last 12 months were working part-time, while one in three people as a whole were employed in a field unrelated to their area of study - a trend that is on the rise. Regarding social security, one in four reported working without full coverage, which was more prevalent in people revealed that they had been without work for over two years at a time with just one in 10 receiving an unemployment benefit (€360 per month for a maximum of one year). Covering household expenses such as bills was seen to be a major difficulty, with one in two households facing difficulties covering rent, building maintenance, electricity, phone and water bills. Fourty-three per cent said PHOTO: IHG smaller businesses, namely for those hired during the last few years of the crisis. While the average monthly salary is €806, one in five people earn less than €500 per month, a more common occurrence among those hired in the past 12 months, women, and younger workers. With regards to overtime, 35 per cent said that they did not receive extra payment despite having come to an agreement with their employer that they would be compensated. To make matters even more challenging, four in 10 reported a delay in receiving their salaries, most commonly a month late, with just 57 per cent being paid on time. Meanwhile when it came to unemployment, six in 10 they did not have the financial means to adequately heat their homes in the winter, with 60 per cent of those unemployed and 34 per cent employed in the private sector. When it came to social outings, such as to the theatre, cinema, concerts, and the purchase of books, 57 per cent reported being unable to do so. The lowest level of satisfaction was noted regarding safety, with the lowest rates seen in Piraeus and central Athens. Greek ministerial couple resigns over €1,000 monthly housing allowance outcry Rania Antonopoulou and Dimitris Papadimitriou received subsidies of €23,000 for their rental home in Athens, despite being the wealthiest members of the Tsipras cabinet The Minister of Economy and Growth Dimitris Papadimitriou, and his wife Rania Antonopoulou, a deputy Labour minister handed their resignations to Alexis Tsipras this week after the latter came under fire from both the opposition and the public for receiving an annual rental subsidy of €12,000 per year, despite being among the wealthiest members of the Tsipras cabinet. According to an exclusive report by Athens’ conservative daily newspaper Eleftheros Typos, Antonopoulou made use of a provision for outof-town MPs who receive a rental allowance for lodging in Athens. This allowance was extended to ministers in 2015, to allow for non-par- liamentarian cabinet members to benefit. The subsidy is not means-tested, which means that all MPs and cabinet members who are usually based outside of Athens are entitled to it, regardless of their income. The couple were previously top economists at the elite Bard College in New York, and both had extensive experience in the UN, before delving into radical leftist Greek politics and being appointed ministerial positions by Tsipras. Their tax records reveal the couple has an annual income of more than half a million dollars, while their assets and property portfolios are valued in the millions. The Greek media reports that the couple owns a luxury villa of 300 square metres plus 180 square metres supplementary space, 80 square metre swimming pool on the island of Syros; a 110-square metre apartment in New York; a 31.6 square metre apartment in Glyfada, Athens; assets in stocks and bank deposits worth more than €3 million. The news that Antonopoulou had been claiming the €1,000 a month subsidy for the past two years, was met with furore by Greek public opinion, echoed by the opposition and also members within the Tsipras government, who called for her resignation. The Greek PM himself called Two migrant traffickers arrested smuggling Syrians to Thessaloniki According to Greek police, smugglers were caught illegally transporting 13 Syrians, including seven children Greek police arrested two people smugglers last weekend caught illegally transporting 13 Syrians, seven of whom are children. According to reports, the migrant traffickers picked up the migrants after cross- Human Rights Lawyer Eleftheria Tompatzoglou ing into Greece from Turkey when they loaded them into the cargo space of an SUV, and took the back roads in a bid to go undetected. Spotted near the border, police say the driver tried to speed away after being sighted. As a result the vehicle ended up in a ditch, with three of the passengers taken to hospital for the treatment of minor injuries. Arresting police say the smugglers were headed to Thessaloniki, however their final destination remains unknown, reports Kathimerini. The injured have now been released from hospital, and police are continuing the questioning of both the traffickers and the migrants. the minister and reprimanded her over the issue. Antonopoulou, who is con- sidered one of the most successful members of the cabinet (during her tenure, unemployment fell by five points, from 25.7 per cent to 20.7 per cent, with forecasts predicting a further decline), apologised and promised to return the sum. Tsipras accepted her resignation on Monday. Papadimitriou followed suit on Tuesday, spurring talks about a major cabinet reshuffle to come. As for the housing subsidy, a government spokesperson said that it is to be cancelled for cabinet members who are not members of parliament.
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