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Odd World > Mayor to go hungry for beach reclamation May 18, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Politics.
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The Mayor of Athens’s beachside suburb Hellenikon, Christos Kortzidis, said yesterday he will go on hunger strike as a means of pressing the central administration into helping remove illegally built businesses from local beaches.

Kortzidis said the marina that hosted the sailing event for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games should remain public property and called on Government Ministries to help stop construction activity in the area.

The Mayor of the southern suburb added that the Municipality was organizing protest action involving local residents in a bid to reclaim the beach area.

Authorities appear helpless in stopping the spread of nightspots in Hellenikon and other beachfront areas of Athens, as legal loopholes and corrupt officials provide an ideal environment in which illegal businesses can operate.

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