Mayor, locals charged over anti-landfill riot

A prosecutor yesterday brought a string of criminal and misdemeanor charges against the mayor of Grammatiko in northeastern Attica, his son and another five residents allegedly involved in clashes on Tuesday at a local site slated for the construction of a landfill. The mayor, Giorgos Papageorgiou, and his driver face charges of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm and resisting arrest. The mayor’s son and another four residents face charges of arson and attempting to harbor a criminal. The prefect of eastern Attica, Leonidas Kouris, turned up at the office of the local investigating magistrate to express solidarity with Papageorgiou, who reportedly fainted at one point during the riots on Tuesday. Dozens of residents reportedly spent the night outside the prospective landfill site to avert possible attempts to start on construction.