Keratea protesters close Lavriou Avenue again
Residents of Keratea protesting plans to construct a landfill near their village have closed Lavriou Avenue, which connects Athens with the port of Lavrio, for a second time this week.
Rocks and rubble were placed at various points on the road following more clashes between protesters and riot police overnight.
Constantinos Levantis, the mayor of the Lavreotiki area that includes Keratea, told Skai Radio that riot police have to leave the area so peace can be restored.
He also said that as an alternative to the landfill plans, the municipality has proposed creating a waste processing center at a local industrial park, where authorities from the surrounding areas could bring the trash they collect.
The protests in Keratea have been going on for more than 100 days, putting extra pressure on the government, which is running out of options for disposing of the trash created by Attica residents.
Dimitris Bouraimis, the mayor of Fyli, where Attica?s only dump is located, wrote to the government this week to stress the need for a solution to be found quickly because his area is reaching the point where it cannot accept any more rubbish.