Illegal parking sweep in city

Dozens of traffic police patrol cars and cranes yesterday entered the second week of a crackdown on illegally parked cars and motorcycles along the busy streets connecting central Syntagma and Omonia Squares, issuing dozens of fines, removing license plates and towing several vehicles away. The sweep has drawn angry reactions from motorists who say there are not enough parking spaces in the center. «Someone should tell us where we can park without facing prosecution,» one woman told Kathimerini after her scooter was towed from Amerikis Street. According to sources, City Hall is planning to create new parking places, a measure expected to be welcomed by local traders who fear losing business if the crackdown continues and motorists steer clear of the center. «This would be a real blow for local businesses,» one merchant remarked.