In Brief


Yotopoulos ‘critical’ after hunger strike Convicted November 17 terror group mastermind Alexandros Yotopoulos was yesterday transferred to the Geniko Kratiko Hospital in Nikaia where he was reported in critical condition following a month-long hunger strike. Earlier yesterday, he had been moved to the hospital at Korydallos Prison, where he is serving several life sentences. Yotopoulos is protesting jail conditions. Polytechnic Traffic will be disrupted around Athens’s National Technical University (NTUA, formerly called the Polytechnic) on central Patission Street from 6 a.m. today until 6 a.m. on Thursday as hundreds of police are mobilized in anticipation of demonstrations leading up to Wednesday’s 31st anniversary of the 1973 anti-dictatorship student uprising. Parking will be strictly forbidden on roads around the NTUA. Around 5,000 police officers are to be mobilized over the next three days, with another 1,000 on standby. ‘Atlantis’ An American researcher claimed yesterday to have discovered the remains of the legendary lost city of Atlantis on the bottom of the east Mediterranean Sea. Robert Sarmast said sonar scanning of the seabed between Cyprus and Syria revealed man-made walls, one as long as 3 kilometers at a depth of 1,500 meters. (AP) Actor death Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and other senior politicians this weekend paid tribute to popular actor Mimis Chrysomallis who died of a heart attack on Friday night at the age of 66. Bus targeted The driver and passengers of a bus in the northwestern Athens suburb of Zephyri were unharmed after an unidentified gunman shot a bullet through the vehicle’s windows just before 6.30 a.m. yesterday. Vari robbery Two men were arrested following a police chase in the southern Athens suburb of Alimos yesterday night on suspicion of having shot dead a petrol station attendant during an armed robbery in Vari. During the chase, the robbers traded shots with police, in which one of the suspects was injured. The names of the suspects and the victim were not immediately available. Farmers protest Hundreds of farmers staged protest rallies in the prefectures of Larissa and Thessaloniki on Saturday, calling for an increase in the price of their products and lower production costs. In Larissa, tractor-borne farmers held rallies in Tyrnavos (photo), Farsala, Aghia, Nikaia and Platykombos, threatening to block national roads. On Saturday, Thessaloniki farmers briefly blocked the Nea Halkidona junction.