Keratea residents return to the streets

Residents in Keratea, southeastern Attica, who are protesting the government’s plans to build a landfill in their area, on Friday rebuilt a barricade on the main road connecting Athens to the port of Lavrio that police had dismantled earlier this week.

Meanwhile, five people detained on criminal charges on Wednesday following a night of violent clashes between locals and riot police officers were given conditional release. The five, who include the former mayor of Keratea, Stavros Iatrou, have been freed on the condition that they report to their local police station.

According to sources, the five residents refuted charges that they had been in possession of explosives on Tuesday night and had intended to plant them at a gas station situated close to a police precinct.

The lawyers of the five detained demonstrators claim that the police had been conducting searches of local houses on Tuesday without arrest warrants and in the absence of a prosecutor.

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