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Keratea, Athens Residents Protest Against Dump Site

For the second day in a row, incidents and clashes have occurred between police and those residing in Keratea.  Keratea is a town southeast of Athens where opposition has arisen to the construction of a large rubbish tip.
Yesterday evening’s (photo) incidents lasted over three hours and were particularly violent.  Police tried to remove blocks by using tear gas, report media sources, and citizens responded with stones and Molotov bombs. There have been no reports of anyone being injured.
In mid-December incidents continued for eight consecutive days in what can only be defined as a true battle between citizens and the forces of order. Keratea and Grammatiko, a town north of Athens, have been chosen over the past few years as sites for the construction of the two new, large rubbish tips for the Athens region and its regional capital Athens.  The capital has repeatedly found itself in an emergency situation concerning waste management. The government is pushing for the projects to be completed as soon as possible, especially so as to avoid European sanctions.  The population claims that normal procedures were not used and that the dump is next to an archaeological site.

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