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Athens News Agency: News in English, 12-02-12

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  • [01] Hooded youths again mar major protest in downtown Athens
  • [02] Deregulation of petrol stations

  • [01] Hooded youths again mar major protest in downtown Athens

    AMNA--Scores of hooded individuals threw rocks, stones and firebombs at riot police outside the Greek Parliament on Sunday afternoon, once again spoiling a much larger demonstration by protesters rallying against the latest round of austerity measures demanded by Greece's creditors to approve a new bailout package. amna

    The hoodlums, alternately identified as self-styled anarchists, anti-state agitators or even disgruntled and marginalised teens, subsequently looted nearby closed stores and tried to burn others in and around Syntagma Square.

    The original protest was called by the two major labour union umbrellas groups in the country and the communist party-affiliated labour grouping against the new memorandum. amna

    According to authorities, groups of hooded individuals attacked riot police, with the latter responding with teargas and flash grenades.

    [02] Deregulation of petrol stations

    AMNA---Deregulation of gas stations' working hours, allowing the operation of petrol stations at super markets and liberalisation of PPC fares in a year -- second quarter 2013 -- as well as acceleration of the sell-off of lignite-fired and hydroelectric power plants is foreseen in the new memorandum for the energy sector. amna

    For gas stations, in particular, the government is obliged to fully deregulate the sector's working hours.

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