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Artists Unpaid, Greece Will Pay Subsidy to Homeless Magazine Sellers

ATHENS – While Greece’s singers, dancers, artists, musicians and others in the arts sector largely going unsupported during a more than year-long COVID-19 pandemic, street sellers of a magazine about the homeless will get a benefit.

The New Democracy government’s Labor and Social Security Ministry said vendors selling the magazine Sxedia (Raft,) most of whom were homeless or at risk of being so would get a retroactive 534-euro ($636) for January and February.

A joint ministerial decision will be published in the government gazette, said the business newspaper Naftemporiki, after Minister Costis Hatzidakis met with a delegation of the newspaper sellers and representatives of the NGO Diogenes, which publishes the periodical.

The publishers site said it's the only Greek street paper and is sold by people from vulnerable groups at a price of 4 euros ($4.76 each,) of which 1.50 euros ($1.79) goes to the seller so they can earn an income without begging.

“Sxedia is also an independent journalistic source of information and an instrument in the fight against all forms of social exclusion. It gives voice to the weak and is part of the solution in the effort to combat poverty and social exclusion,” the site said.

It characterized the paper as an independent source of :reporting, optimism and subversive humor … focusing on various subjects of interest to citizens and the society, including news reports, articles” and other topics.

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