Exarchia residents tired of people using streets as toilet

Exarchia residents tired of people using streets as toilet

Athens’s bohemian neighborhood of Exarchia, the stamping ground of artists, anarchists and addicts, is being plagued by late-night revelers relieving themselves in the street, locals have complained to Kathimerini.

“We aren’t talking about refugees, drug addicts or the homeless. We’re talking about ordinary people who go to a bar and then urinate or defecate on the sidewalks,” said a female resident identified only as S.K.

The problem, locals say, is most acute in the district’s bar-packed streets and parking lots – particularly that on the corner of Metaxa and Zoodochou Pigis streets.

“People use it as a public toilet. I have seen people park their car at night, urinate, and then carry on,” said a local, identified as T.T. “You see people coming out of the bar, walking to the [parking lot] to relieve themselves instead of visiting the bathroom on the premises, and then returning to the bar.”

Municipal sanitation workers confirmed to Kathimerini that the foul-smelling problem has been observed along Metaxa Street. However, authorities say no official complaint has been filed. The main streets are cleaned on a daily basis, they add.

“It’s a sign that the area has resigned itself [to the overall neglect]. The idea is that things are crap, so we’ll take one too. There’s no shame, there’s no fear that they will be seen. It’s a general decadence,” S.K. said.

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