OPINION

Syntagma squatters must go

The image of Syntagma Square as it is today is utterly disgraceful and unacceptable for a plaza in the center of Athens, a European capital.

The fact that the main square of a historical city that depends on tourism is littered with garbage and marred by a haphazard camping site of tents erected by professional indiginants who have no intention of moving on simply cannot be tolerated for a moment longer.

These people and the unpleasant image that they are projecting in no way represent the authentic voice of the Greek people who have been gathering at Syntagma Square on a daily basis to make their anguish heard.

Both the City of Athens and the Greek state need to deal with this problem by working together and coming up with speedy solutions, because the fact that a small group of people are allowed to go on tarnishing the image of an entire city, the entire country even, without an ounce of worry about what this is doing to Greece, must be checked immediately.