Syntagma cleared of tents and banners

The City of Athens, in cooperation with the police, removed all tents from Syntagma Square in the early hours of Saturday. Eight people were arrested in the process that went by without any significant problems.

The removal of the tents, that had occupied part of the capital?s central square for about two months, began at 4 in the morning and concluded four hours later, with most of the tents being empty at the time.

Four Greeks, two French, one German and one Romanian were arrested for polluting and degrading the environment.

It took 20 trucks of the local authority of Athens to take away all tents and banners that had originally been used for the Indignants? protests against the government?s austerity measures, but as Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis told Skai Television on Friday, the people staying at the square were not related to the protesters.

An Athens prosecutor has also ordered an investigation into the presence of the tents and the banners at Syntagma.

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