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The ships traveling to the Argosaronic Gulf are under a siege

29 June 2010 / 14:06:09  GRReporter
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The siege of the port of Piraeus by unionists of the Communist Party continues, with some of the strikers having closed the entrances to the piers, while others having climbed on the gates of ships traveling to the islands of the Argosaronic Gulf.

Since yesterday evening, a number of policemen got in charge of the security of the port, but still a small group of about 50 marine workers managed to enter the port and the rest of the strikers spread and captured the entrances. Strikers formed a living chain in front of the Port Service building and prevented employees and travelers to come and go that way.

Around 6:15 this morning the tension reached its peak when unionist members of PAME prevented the ship "Adamandios Korais" to sail and the police had to spread them using tear gas. At the same time, other members of the Communist trade union headed for the ferry "Eliros", which should sail at 21:00 o’clock tonight heading for Haniyeh in order to besiege it and prevent it from leaving.

Although the ship "Nefeli" managed to fulfill one of its routes when it returned to the port on its doors went up about 30 strikers and prevented its next departure. At 7:15 this morning the other ships managed to sail, but without passengers on board, as the travelers were prevented from entering at the pier and make their way to the ships.

According to witnesses there were passengers who had tickets, but failed to arrive on time and police had warned them that they can not enter the port and ships departed empty. The departure of Speedrunner 4 and 5 turned into an adventure as the sailors were forced to throw ropes into the sea because the strikers did not allow the vessel to be untied.

Yesterday the Court of Piraeus announced the strike of the trade unions PEMEN and STEFENSON to be illegal, after the Chairman of Union of shipping companies Apostolos Ventouris visited the Prosecutor of the Supreme Court Ioannis Tentes from whom he reqested to comply with the law and to take measures to recover proper functioning of the port. The marine workers do not want to strike because they receive very high wages, while the residents of the islands look forward to the arrival of tourists, said Mr Ventouris.

This morning a great procession of marine workers and trade unionists moved from the port in order to catch the train and go to the city center where a large demonstration of the communist trade union took place.


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