NEWS

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ATHENS RALLIES

Riot police out in force today as leftists, rightists march The police said yesterday that dozens of riot police will be posted around the city center today to avoid clashes between members of leftist and human rights organizations on the one hand and far-rightists on the other. Both groups have planned demonstrations this afternoon. The leftists are to start their rally at Omonia Square at 5 p.m. to lobby for the rights of migrants squatting in dire conditions in central Athens. The rightists, who are protesting the migrants’ growing presence in the capital, have not determined where they will march. Traffic in the center will be restricted. DEADLY UNION Man beats wife then kills self A 53-year-old man believed to have beaten his 48-year-old wife to death with a blunt object subsequently jumped off the first-floor balcony of the couple’s home in the coastal suburb of Kalamos, police said yesterday after discovering the man’s body in the front yard of the property. Neighbors told officers that the couple had often argued about financial problems and family issues. Officers at the local police station said they had received visits from the hot-tempered pair who had pressed charges against each other on several occasions. ISAP disruptions As renovation works continue on the Athens-Piraeus urban electric railway (ISAP) there will be disruptions over the weekend. Today trains will only run between Piraeus and Tavros and between Omonia and Kifissia. Tomorrow trains will run between Piraeus and Tavros and between Nea Ionia and Kifissia. A replacement bus service will be available for passengers. Burglars thwarted Would-be burglars who tried to break into the central Athens apartment of lawyer and former Minister Dimitris Tsovolas were thwarted when Tsovolas, who had been sleeping, heard them on the balcony and started shouting, prompting them to flee. According to police the intruders, who eluded arrest, had first tried to break into an apartment on the second floor but had failed and so had climbed to the third floor where Tsovolas’s apartment is located. Counterfeit currency Officers from the police’s financial crimes unit yesterday seized some 100,000 euros in forged 100-euro bank notes after arresting two Greeks and an Armenian national in an apparent handover of the notes for circulation. Police said the quality of the bank notes was particularly good. Armed robberies Armed robbers held up a branch of Millennium Bank in the northern suburb of Pefki and a branch of Proton Bank in the Athens district of Nea Ionia yesterday, both shortly after 8.30 a.m. In Thessaloniki at around noon, two gunmen raided a branch of Piraeus Bank in the area of Diavata. Meanwhile three robbers held up a branch of Hellenic Postbank in the district of Ambelokipi. There were no injuries in any of the raids, according to police who did not disclose how much cash was netted in the robberies.