>Athens, Greece – Police and locals clash in landfill protest in Keratea


Despite the decision taken by the court for a temporary cessation of work, the provocative repression forces didn’t leave the area so the clashes were rekindled. Residents attacked MAT (riot police) which today and all these days attacked and brutally beat people. There were melee fights between residents and cops, while a police bus was burned down by molotov cocktails. Today, cops arrested 5 residents.
It is estimated that more than 50 people were injured and several arrests were made.

Fierce battles between riot cops and locals resisting the construction of a waste burial site have continued for a third consecutive day in the area of Keratea, Attica (around 10 miles south of Athens International Airport). This morning, a court ordered a temporary halt to the works. A small victory, which could however very easily be a smokescreen to calm down the insurgent locals and to allow the police to concentrate on the General Strike in central Athens on Wednesday.
At least six people in struggle were arrested by police in Keratea, of which one has been injured and is in hospital.In the past two days, local residents of the area of Keratea in Attica (Greater Athens) have been engaged in a fierce battle with riot police (MAT). The riot police are there to protect the construction of a waste burial site (HITA). Such burial sites have not only been judged to be illegal by European courts but additionally, the site in Keratea is of archeological significance.
On Saturday, riot police arrived at the site to protect the ongoing construction works from the enraged locals. Clashes quickly erupted, with locals attacking the police with sticks, stones and scores of molotov cocktails. The police responded with tear gas while for the first time ever in Greece, water cannons also made their appearance. On Sunday evening, gunshots were aimed in the direction of the police from nearby hills.

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