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Plaque Unveiled for Marfin Victims the “Least Owed” by Greek State, Say President and PM (Video)

ATHENS – In statements after the unveiling of a plaque for the victims of the 2010 Marfin Bank arson attack on Saturday, during a discussion with the relatives of those that died, President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou noted that it was the least homage that was due to them and "important for the country," expressing hope that Greece will never live through similar events again.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis noted that the simple ceremony, attended by the president of the Republic, "honoured the memory of three of our fellow citizens, Paraskevi, the pregnant Angeliki and Epaminondas, who were tragically murdered 10 years ago inside this very building."

"The symbolism of today's action is absolutely clear and unambiguous. The country must never again become a victim of blind division, hatred, or violence, which can never be excused no matter what its origin."

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"Unfortunately, we did not manage to have all the political leaders here, as I believe all of Greek society would wish. It is a shame. Nonetheless we press forward leaving behind us these times with these memories etched vividly forever in our own, of a time that hurt us all a great deal and even more the families of the victims that are now seeking after a long delay their final vindication," he said.

In a discussion with the families, he noted that the state had an obligation to honour the memory of the Marfin dead and to do whatever was necessary in order to "finally close this chapter, not end on a semi-colon".

The plaque reads "In this building on 5 May 2010 were murdered Paraskevi Zoulia, the pregnant Angeliki Papathanasopoulou, Epaminondas Tsakalis, victims of the blind hatred born of division. We honour their memory. Never again. May 2020."

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