Employees of the City of Athens, in cooperation with the police, early Saturday cleared dozens of tents from Syntagma Square – the remnants of two months of protests by self-proclaimed Indignant protesters.
The process was completed without any major resistance by the campers, though eight people – four Greeks, two French nationals, a German and a Romanian – were briefly detained.
The removal of the tents – most of which had been unoccupied at the time – began at 4 a.m. and concluded four hours later when municipal trucks carted away the tents and banners.
According to Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis, most of the people camping at the square were not part of the hard core of anti-austerity protesters. Last week, first instance prosecutor Eleni Raikou launched an investigation to establish whether the campers have broken any laws.