Police open up Keratea road block

Hundreds of police officers stood guard on Monday as a bulldozer cleared piles of rubble from the highway connecting the coastal town of Lavrio to the capital – a makeshift blockade created by residents of nearby Keratea who are vehemently protesting the government?s plans to create a landfill in the area.

A truck carried the rubble away under the watchful eye of a prosecutor who was sent to the scene to ensure that residents did not try to hamper the operation.

Residents have been vehemently clashing with riot police officers for more than three months over the planned construction in their area of a large landfill to accomodate the capital?s trash. Locals, who admit to using firebombs in their clahses with police, object to the choice of the landfill site which, they claim, hides archaeological treasures.

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