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Greek priest beaten by two Syrians outside church in Athens

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A Greek Orthodox priest was beaten by two Syrian migrants in front of a church in Athens.

The priest saw the migrants parking their motorcycles in the courtyard of the sanctuary of St. Nicholas in Patisia, a neighborhood in Athens and confronted them, Proto Thema newspaper reported.

After a heated exchange of words, the pair is said to have punched the priest and then fled. Police initially arrested two suspects and questioned them at the Agios Panteleimonas police station but let them go due to lack of evidence.

Shortly after the release of suspects, the perpetrators surrendered to the authorities

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Serbian police detain 18 protesters

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Serbia’s police chief Vladimir Rebic said on Monday that 18 people were detained in the last two days in connection with late-Saturday’s protests and breaking into the national television (RTS) headquarters.

Nine of the detainees have been accused of violating the public order and peace law, while other 8 face criminal charges.

The opposition Alliance for Serbia condemned on Monday the arrest of the citizens, describing them as political, and said “the regime started to detain and threat every participant in the #1 in 5 million protests. The regime became well aware that protesters would not give up, after three months of demonstrations.

The Alliance for Serbia leader Bosko Obradovic on Sunday gave the authorities a deadline until 3 pm Monday to release the detainees.

But police chief Rebic said “the deadline makes no sense as all detainees now are in the hands of courts and the police could not interfere in the judiciary”.

On Saturday night protesters briefly broke into Serbia’s state television building in the capital Belgrade, demanding media freedom and unbiased coverage of more than three months of anti-government demonstrations. Riot police removed hundreds of people, including opposition leaders, who briefly stormed the RTS headquarters to denounce the broadcaster, whose reporting they consider highly biased, and demand more airtime for opposing views.

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Serbian president vows to defend law and order as opposition invade state-run TV

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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic pledged on Sunday to defend the country’s law and order a day after opposition supporters stormed the national TV station during the latest in a series of demonstrations against what they say is the leader’s autocratic rule.

As Aleksandar Vucic held a news conference in the presidency building in Belgrade, thousands of opposition supporters gathered in front demanding his resignation.

A day earlier, protesters briefly broke into Serbia’s state television building in the capital Belgrade, demanding media freedom and unbiased coverage of more than three months of anti-government demonstrations.

Riot police on Saturday night removed hundreds of people, including opposition leaders, who stormed the RTS television headquarters to denounce the broadcaster, whose reporting they consider highly biased, and demanding more airtime for opposing views.

The crowd chanted “He is finished!”, which was the slogan of the October 2000 uprising that led to the ouster of the then president Slobodan Milosevic.

During his televised address, Vucic repeatedly branded opposition leaders as “fascists, hooligans and thieves”.

“There will be no more violence. Serbia is a democratic country, a country of law and order, and Serbia will know how to respond,” Vucic said.

“If they break in here, I will wait for them,” he said and tried to downplay the protesters’ numbers, insisting only about 1,000 people had gathered.

“They think they have the right, 1,000 of them, to determine the fate of the country,” he said.

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Dimitrov sets off on two-day visit to Athens

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Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov headed to Athens Friday for a two-day visit at an invitation of Greece’s former foreign minister Nikos Kotzias..

Dimitrov will take part in an international academic conference, organized by the University of Piraeus to mark the 20th anniversary of the Department of International & European Studies and to honor Emeritus Professor and former Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias.

The conference, held in honor of Emeritus Professor of the University of Piraeus and former Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, will take place in the Kranidiotis Hall of the Foreign Ministry on March 15-16.

The event will bring together academicians, diplomats, and foreign ministers of Greece’s neighboring countries – Nikola Dimitrov of North Macedonia, Ditmir Bushati of Albania, Daniel Mitov of Bulgaria and other high-profile guests.

The two-day conference will include sessions “Eastern Mediterranean and Energy Centers”, “Greece and the European Union: Initiatives and Actions, Goals and Policies”, “Greece and the Great Powers”, “Eastern Mediterranean, Changes and Prospects” and “Transformation in the South Eastern Mediterranean”.

During his stay in Athens, FM Dimitrov will hold separate meetings with his Greek counterpart Georgios Katrougalos and with the Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament Nikolaos Vucis.

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