Bulldozing mayor is freed pending trial

Stylida Mayor Apostolos Gletsos, a former television soap opera actor, was freed on Wednesday pending his trial for driving a bulldozer through barriers at the side of the Athens-Thessaloniki national road so motorists could bypass a tollbooth.

The actor-turned-politician said he resorted to extreme tactics because people living in Stylida cannot go about their daily business without paying tolls due to the lack of country roads.

Hundreds of residents from the central Greek town packed into coaches and traveled to Lamia to support their mayor. Gletsos said residents of Stylida would maintain their presence at the point where he wrecked the barriers to ensure that it remains open to drivers.