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Parnitha protest rallies

The fire that devastated Mount Parnitha last week has sparked a response from the public. Those who want to add their voice to the chorus of protest can join a walk this Sunday, July 8, on Parnitha, organized by the Pan-Attica Network of City Movements. The group held a rally outside the National Technical University of Athens on Tuesday to protest the actions of successive governments which they say have paved the way for unprecedented ecological damage. Fires, they say, are typically followed by land-grabbing, the redesignation of forest areas as farmland, and house construction, both legal and illegal. They urge the public to take action and demand legal protection for forests, reforestation and fire protection, as well as a stop to construction in forests and public open spaces. The meeting point is in Aghia Triada, and the walk starts at the Mont Parnes teleferique at 9 a.m. A coach will leave from outside the Hondos department store in Omonia Square at 8 a.m. (For information: tel 6974.775.279, 210.995.4362). And there’s another protest to take place on Sunday at 7 p.m. in Syntagma Square.