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Ferry disruption

Strike by seamen today to keep ships at port of Piraeus Passenger ferries are to remain moored at the Piraeus port today as seamen stage a 24-hour strike to protest government plans to lift cabotage rules to allow nonEU-flagged vessels to moor at Greek ports and open up the market to thousands of tourists. Port workers, who paralyzed scheduled ferry departures last Thursday and Friday by participating in a 48-hour strike called by the Communist-affiliated labor union PAME, fear that opening up ports to foreign vessels would pose a threat to jobs. The seamen’s union described the planned action as «a full-frontal assault on their rights.» DIMITRIS TSATSOS Eminent academic dies at 77 Politicians over the weekend paid homage to Dimitris Tsatsos, an eminent expert in constitutional law and a former European parliamentary deputy with socialist PASOK, who died on Saturday at the age of 77. Tsatsos had been hospitalized recently with heart problems. Following his appointment as lecturer at the prestigious Athens University Law School at the age of 27, Tsatsos had an illustrious career in academia and then in politics. «Few people have contributed so decisively to the consolidation of democracy and to the fields of science, intellectual life and politics,» said Prime Minister George Papandreou. President Karolos Papoulias described Tsatsos’s contribution to society and politics as «valuable legacy to all.» Commuter woes There will be no public transport in Attica tomorrow between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. – except for the suburban railway and taxis – as employees stage a work stoppage to protest the government’s austerity measures. Service on city buses, the metro, the tram, the Piraeus-Kifissia electric railway (ISAP) and trolley buses will run normally before 11 a.m. and after 5 p.m. Workers are due to stage a rally in Kotzia Square in the morning. Later in the day, members of the civil servants’ union ADEDY are to start a protest march at 6.30 p.m. outside Athens University. Soccer trouble A total of 34 soccer fans arrested for their alleged involvement in scuffles on Saturday afternoon outside the Olympic Stadium in Maroussi, ahead of the Greek Cup final between Athens team Panathinaikos and visiting Thessaloniki rival Aris, faced a prosecutor yesterday. The scuffles, which continued inside the stadium, led to the minor injury of 18 policemen. Officers confiscated hundreds of firecrackers and flares from many of those detained. Fun Run The 27th Athens Fun Run, organized by City Hall, yesterday attracted more than 15,000 runners of all ages. Competitors participated in two circular routes, one of 8 kilometers and the other 3.5 kilometers, which started at the Panathenaic Stadium and concluded at Zappeio Hall. Thwarted raid Three would-be robbers who tried to hold up a supermarket near the Cretan port of Iraklio on Saturday night were thwarted when an off-duty policeman who had been in the store at the time tried to disarm them. The 37-year-old officer did not disarm the robbers but scared them off. They fled empty-handed in a car in which two accomplices had been waiting. There were no shots fired.