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Unrest wreaks havoc on city traffic lights

Apart from the damage caused to shops and public property, the recent violence in Athens has harmed the city’s traffic management system, it was revealed yesterday. More than 300 traffic lights have been destroyed over the last two weeks, sources at the Public Works and Environment Ministry told Kathimerini yesterday. The damage will cost more than 300,000 euros to repair. Even before the unrest, the ministry’s repair teams were already having trouble maintaining the capital’s traffic lights and private contractors had been called in to help. The rate of destruction over the last couple of weeks, however, means that the technicians cannot keep up. Their work is made even more difficult by the fact that it is not just traffic lights that have been destroyed but a number of boxes containing circuitry that help manage the city’s traffic system have also been vandalized.