President of Greece says his nation on the brink of an ‘abyss’

Thursday, May 6, 2010
By Paul Martin

By ■ Joan Firstenberg

Athens – The angry protests in Greece are gaining momentum. Three people, two women and one man, were killed today when a gas bomb was thrown into a bank.
Greek President Karolos Papoulias warned his people today, that the protests over the planned austerity measures must stop because the nation is hanging
“…on the brink of the abyss. We are all responsible so that it does not take the step into the void.”

The BBC reports that three bank employees were killed during today’s riots. The bodies of two women – one pregnant – and a man were found inside the Marfin bank branch on Stadiou Avenue in central Athens. They were among 20 people working there when a gas bomb was thrown inside. Most of the bank’s employees managed to get out, but the three who died weren’t so lucky.
Prime Minister George Papandreou told MPs in parliament the killings were a “murderous act”.
“Nobody has the right to violence and particularly violence that leads to murder. Violence breeds violence.”

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