Illegal structures targeted for demolition in Thessaloniki

Authorities in Thessaloniki on Thursday began knocking down extensions to restaurants and cafes that have been erected without permission from the municipality.

All restaurateurs in the city were warned earlier this year that any illegal structures would be demolished.

Mayor Yiannis Boutaris told Skai TV that yesterday?s demolition of a restaurant extension was a ?symbolic move? designed to act as a warning to other businesses.

The establishment targeted had been shut down 11 times by municipal authorities but its owners continued to defy officials.