Hundreds of miners gathered outside Parliament in downtown Athens on Saturday to protest plans to liquidate and sell state-owned ferronickel production firm Larco. The European Commission in November said that it was taking Greece to the European Court of Justice over its failure to recover 135.8 million euros of illegal state aid to the company.
Nine people were detained on Thursday following a fourth day in a row of arson attacks on cars in central Athens.
According to the police and fire service, four cars were torched at 3.40 a.m. on Karachristou Street, in the district of Kolonaki, three of which were completely destroyed and the fourth was seriously damaged.
Firemen were called in to put out the blaze.
Authorities were on alert on Wednesday following the third day in a row of arson attacks on cars in central Athens and in the affluent northern suburbs of Maroussi and Agia Paraskevi in the early hours of the morning.
There were three attacks in Maroussi between 1.05 and 1.40 a.m., with unidentified assailants torching a total of 11 cars, five of which were totally destroyed.
Police on Wednesday were questioning a foreign national believed to behind the theft of at least 33 vehicles in the upscale Athens neighborhood of Kolonaki and the northern suburb of Maroussi.
The man, about whom no further details were released, was arrested on Monday shortly after breaking into a parked car in Exarchia.
Officers are seeking another two suspected accomplices.
Until a highly anticipated tender for the purchase of new buses to replace the aging fleets in Athens and Thessaloniki is completed in 18 months' time, Transport Minister Kostas A. Karamanlis is not ruling out the prospect of transport authorities leasing vehicles to serve the public in the meantime.