Landfill protest turns ugly

Six police cars were damaged and two precincts attacked in Keratea, southeast of Athens, early Thursday after clashes between officers and locals who are protesting plans to construct a landfill in the area.

Residents have clashed with police almost on a daily basis since last month, when machinery was moved in to begin construction of the waste processing site.

A court has ordered the work be suspended until claims that the land has not been appropriated be examined properly. However, there was another flare-up in the early hours of yesterday morning and, according to police, this led to some 150 people throwing rocks and firebombs at the traffic police station and the police precinct in Keratea.