History of modern Greece
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.
Preparations got underway on Friday as Greece gears up for the commemorative events marking the 46th three-day anniversary of the Polytechnic student uprising of 1973.
"The message of the Polytechnic is timeless and continues to teach and inspire us," Εducation Minister Niki Kerameus said in a statement on Friday.
The tragicomic backlash sparked by the unfortunate plan to rename Athens' Evangelismos metro station (which serves the hospital of the same name in the downtown Kolonaki district) Pavlos Bakoyannis, after the late conservative politician who was gunned down in the area 30 years ago by the November 17 terrorist group, was not all bad.
In a message on Twitter, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis paid tribute to the student Thanos Axarlian who was the accidental victim of an attack by the now defunct terrorist group November 17 in 1992.
Axarlian died on Karageorgi Servias Street after being hit by a rocket that had been aimed at the then Finance Minister Yiannis Palaiocrassas.
Roughly a month ago, just after a bunch of self-styled anarchists ran amok on Voukourestiou Street in downtown Athens, a "leading" yet nameless member of the anti-establishment Rouvikonas (Greek for Rubicon) group heralded the siege of downtown Athens by supporters of November 17 hitman Dimitris Koufodinas.
A small group of around 15 hooded individuals slipped past guards and splashed paint near the front entrance to Greece's Parliament building on Tuesday.
The incident occurred shortly after 2 p.m. and the assailants were able to climb up the stairs beside the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and up to the front courtyard of Parliament, which is normally out of bounds for the public.
Former conservative foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis said on Monday that anarchist group Rouvikonas is guided by the shooter of the now defunct November 17 terror group, following the group's vandalism of the US embassy in Athens.
Early Monday morning, Rouvikonas members splashed paint at the side entrance of the US embassy in Athens.