Kuneva case – the most severe assault on trade unionist in Greece for 50 years4 January 2009 | 21:57 | Focus News Agency
While I was talking with Todor Popov, a friend of Kostadinka, who is now looking after her under age son, I found out that Greek citizens are horrified by what happened to her and are seeking information about her health condition every day.
“I have been living and working in Greece for many years and I have always respected Greeks; now I saw another face of theirs, which remained hidden for me before,” Popov told the Bulgarski Glas. He added: “Many Greek party leaders are coming to the hospital to get information from the doctors about Kostadinka’s condition and they all give some help.”
Todor Popov said that Ms Fani Palli-Petralia, minister for employment and social protection, had a telephone conversation with Elena Dicheva, Kostadinka’s mother, saying the treatment of her daughter and grandson, who suffers from a serious heart disease, would be covered by the state. While paying a visit, Minister of Healthcare Mr Avramopoulos reassured the mother, saying her daughter was in safe hands, and expressed his sincere hope for a quick recovery.
Former Minister of Education Petros Efthymiou sent a letter to the family, expressing his outrage at what happened and saying he would be happy to meet her when she recovered “because such a person is worthy of everyone’s respect.”
“I was quite impressed when on the very first day after the incident hundreds of young people gathered in the hospital’s yard as a sign of sympathy and demonstrated against the disorder and bureaucracy in the Greek system,” Popov said, adding: “At first I got frightened that they are the so-called anarchists, who combine demonstrations with vandalism, but suddenly one of the young people took his helmet off and stretched it out to all demonstrators. They trusted hands in their pockets and literally for 3 minutes they filled it with money, which they gave to the mother. We could not believe our eyes; we did not know how to thank these children; we were fumbling for the right words. No one expected such a deed. These children, who were labeled anarchists, collected and gave to the family a sum of EUR 1,400. Every day strangers, ordinary Greek citizens come to the hospital and everyone donates as much as they can, something from their savings. Even a Greek family living in Australia came to the hospital and donated AUD 200. They left their telephone number, saying they will be happy to hear Kostandinka when she gets better,” finished Popov, who thanked for Greeks’ sincere sympathy and virtue.
Since 31st December police have been guarding the hospital room where Kostadinka Kuneva is, a colleague of hers Maya Dicheva said.
Kuneva passed the critical period and her life is out of danger. Officials with the Greek trade unions say this is the most severe assault against a trade unionist for 50 years now.
The trade unions opened a fund raising account in Piraeus Bank: 5012-019021-277 for Decheva Elena Todor and Κonstantina Kuneva.
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