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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-06-17

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  • [01] Papandreou criticism over bonds, police brutality

  • [01] Papandreou criticism over bonds, police brutality

    Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou toured the rural Yiannitsa district of western Macedonia province on Sunday, where he again severely criticised the government over the structured bond affair as well as reports of police brutality publicised a day earlier, in an address in the same-name town's cultural centre.

    "We saw unbelievable scenes of police brutality, fascism and authoritarianism against immigrants," Papandreou said of grainy footage showing police detectives forcing two youthful purse-snatching suspects to alternately punch each other on command.

    Papandreou blamed the incident on what he called the situation in law enforcement today, due to "petty party partisanship, impunity and tolerance" show by the government to such behavior.

    He also again charged that the government has not revealed the contracts of all state-run pension funds signed by ministers in the 110 days since the civil servants' bond issue affair arose.

    In a reference to criticism that a handful of recent opinion polls are unreliable, Papandreou said that it is not the Greek people who are led by the polls, instead, the polls reflect the attitude of the people.

    Turning to PASOK's programme, he said his party promises a minimum pension for each farmer of 500 euros, 950 euros for a couple that are both farmers.

    Additionally, he again referred to a "redistribution of wealth in favor of the weaker classes; a new development model; a new public school system and the signing of a "contract" with the people.

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