Piraeus mayor to block port

Thousands of tourists are set to have their vacations disrupted on Friday, June 13, as the mayor of Piraeus, Panayiotis Fassoulas, said yesterday that he will lead a blockade of the ferry port to protest the government’s failure to help with the municipality’s woeful finances. PASOK’s Fassoulas accused the ruling conservatives of «strangling» his municipality by refusing to ease the burden of interest payments on loans taken out by previous administrations in Piraeus. The former basketball player said that the government is holding back 1.4 million euros a month from the municipality and that this is preventing the authority from conducting its business properly. Fassoulas accused the government, and previous administrations, of being softer on his predecessor Christos Agrapidis. Fassoulas became Piraeus mayor in October 2006.