Stores wrecked in protests to be let off municipal fees

Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis on Thursday proposed that businesses in the capital that suffered damage when demonstrations turned violent on December 6, the sixth anniversary of the police killing of a teenager, be exempt from municipal charges for sanitation and lighting for the next six months.

“It is the obligation of the state and the City of Athens to stand by those businesses and help them repair the damage and resume operations, safeguarding jobs,” Kaminis told a session of the municipal council.

City Hall has been working with the Athens Traders’ Association to take stock of the damage wreaked on stores, some of which were vandalized and others looted.