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Railway appeals ruling favoring altar fans

The management of the capital?s Kifissia-Piraeus electric railway (ISAP) is taking legal action to overturn a court decision suspending works that would cover up an archaeological site in Monastiraki that is being championed by citizens? groups and self-professed pagan worshippers.

The legal suit being lodged by ISAP on Wednesday comes in response to last Friday?s court ruling ordering the railway works to be frozen.

Friday?s decision was issued after members of a group called the Citizens? Initiative for the Rescue and Promotion of the Altar of the Twelve Gods took out an injunction against ISAP.

The protesters want the site to be cleared and protected.

ISAP counters that the planned works are crucial as the route serves some 90,000 commuters daily and is ?ready to burst.? According to sources, ISAP officials are planning to invoke the wider public interest and financial concerns in their bid to overturn last week?s suspension of the planned railway works.