January 12, 1960

POLICE OFFICER ATTACKED: Five men have been arrested in the district of Sfageia on charges of attacking a police officer with sticks and stones. The policeman had gone to take a young woman to the local police station in order to settle a quarrel with her boyfriend. The officer was forced to take refuge in a nearby house, which was then surrounded by the men who kept throwing stones. Over 500 local residents stood by watching. Fortunately a passerby called the police station and a detachment of officers was sent to the scene. The crowd dispersed and the assailants were arrested. FARMERS’ PENSIONS: During yesterday’s session of Parliament there was a heated and, at certain moments, even violent debate of the proposal by the head of the Liberal Party, George Papandreou, to grant retirement pensions to the country’s farmers. The conclusions of the debate are as follows: The government considers Papandreou’s proposal as baseless and that it is impossible to deal with such a major issue considering the present circumstances. It was suggested that instead of proposing such wide-reaching impractical measures, it would be better to await the conclusions of a committee.

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