Saturday, August 19, 2006

Athens: Freedom to demonstrate

The call by Public Order Minister Vyron Polydoras for a public discussion about how authorities can limit the problems caused by hundreds of demonstrations in downtown Athens every year has been rejected. The proposal triggered the good old democratic reflex, as many rushed to defend the constitutionally safeguarded right to public protest.
The traffic jams in downtown Athens will continue but that's a small price to pay.

+ Greek student protest turns violent

Greece beat Qatar 84-64 on Saturday in its first Group C match for the 2006 World Basketball Cup taking place in Japan. The 10-minute intervals had the following results: 7-18, 38-31, 56-45 and 84-64. Greece's next match, expected to be far more difficult, will be against Lithuania at 13.30 on Sunday. Get out your Greek t-shirts and flags out...(whoops, forgot, we always have them out)


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