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Police force at Keratea cost 300,000 euros

The former mayor of Keratea, the village southeast of Athens that has been resisting the construction of a waste management center, was released on Thursday after questioning in connection to claims that he incited locals to attack police, as a government minister revealed that it has cost Greece 300,000 euros to beef up security in the area over the past few months.

Ex-mayor Stavros Iatrou was questioned by a magistrate over claims that he was found in possession of explosive material and had been encouraging attacks against the police during clashes on February 8.

Iatrou denied the charges, claiming they had been fabricated in a bid to damage the citizens’ movement that has resisted the construction of the landfill since the beginning of December.

Deputy Interior Minister Theodora Tzakri revealed that it is costing about 100,000 euros a month to station an extra 500 police officers in Keratea to protect the proposed landfill site from potential vandalism.