Athens mayor says Syntagma cleanup is imminent

Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis gave assurances on Friday that a makeshift campsite in central Syntagma Square would be dismantled soon.

Responding to concerns expressed by shop owners in central Athens and businesses involved in tourism that the sight of dozens of tents, laundry lines tied to trees and people washing in the fountains of the square was putting off tourists from visiting and shoppers from taking advantage of summer sales.

The people camping in the square are the last remaining of the Indignant movement, which held daily rallies in front of Parliament for over two months.

?This whole affair will be over in the next few days, in one way or another,? Kaminis told Skai Television on Friday, adding that municipal employees trying to clean up the square had been treated to verbal and physical abuse by some of the hardcore campers.

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