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GARBAGE PROTEST

Authorities let seven Keratea residents go after landfill clash Seven people arrested last Thursday following violent clashes with police that broke out during a demonstration against the construction of a landfill in Keratea, southeast of the capital, were released yesterday after defending themselves before an investigating magistrate. The seven, four of whom are siblings, all denied criminal charges of causing an explosion and possession of explosives. There were more scuffles over the weekend as residents continued their protest against the government’s plans to build a landfill in the area. Another two people were arrested on Saturday night. VEGGOS CRITICAL Actor undergoes brain surgery Veteran Greek actor Thanassis Veggos was in a critical but stable condition in an Athens hospital last night. Doctors said that the 83-year-old underwent surgery for a brain hemorrhage on Saturday and has been placed in an intensive-care unit. It is the second time this year that the popular actor has had brain surgery. Psomiadis appeals Pavlos Psomiadis, the president of the defunct Aspis Pronia life insurance firm who was remanded in custody last Saturday on charges of fraud and money laundering, yesterday appealed against his arrest. Psomiadis was attacked by angry investors when he appeared at Athens’s main court complex last week. Eroglu operation Turkish-Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, has undergone successful heart surgery in Ankara, his aides said yesterday. Eroglu, 73, was admitted to a private hospital in the Turkish capital on Sunday after tests showed one of his arteries to be partially blocked. Scheduled talks between Eroglu and Cyprus President Dimitris Christofias, a continuation of the latest United Nations-mediated peace talks, are to be rescheduled. Skier death A 25-year-old man was fatally injured yesterday after hitting a rock while skiing at the 3-5 Pigadia Ski Center in the northern prefecture of Imathia, police said. The exact circumstances of the incident remained unclear. Burned alive The fire service in Xylokastro, near Corinth, said yesterday that they had recovered the charred remains of a 71-year-old homeless man from an old storehouse belonging to the Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE) that burned down on the weekend. It took firemen three hours to put out the blaze which broke out on Sunday afternoon and the cause of which remained unclear yesterday. It is thought that the man had been sleeping rough in the storehouse. Boulder damage A huge boulder that became detached from the side of a mountain near the village of Tirothea in Fthiotida prefecture on Sunday caused serious damage to two houses but no injuries. The six people who had been in one of the houses managed to escape just in time before the boulder crashed into the structure, destroying it completely. The rock rolled on to an adjacent house that had been empty, causing serious damage. A similar accident occurred in the same village in 1999 when a rock tumbled off the same mountain, destroying two homes.