Thes­sa­loniki space.

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Thes­sa­loniki Mayor Yian­nis Boutaris yes­ter­day her­alded an ini­tia­tive that seeks to claim back pub­lic space cur­rently be­ing oc­cu­pied by hun­dreds of ta­bles and chairs that have been set up il­le­gally out­side cafes and restau­rants in the north­ern port city. “Aris­totelous Square must be­come the jewel of the city,” Boutaris told a press con­fer­ence, re­fer­ring to Thes­sa­loniki’s cen­tral and best-known square. The ini­tia­tive, to be launched at the end of this month, fore­sees the re­duc­tion of the pub­lic space cur­rently oc­cu­pied by cafes by 30 per­cent, Boutaris said, not­ing that yel­low lines will be painted on the ground to de­lin­eate the borders be­tween the area set aside for cafes and free space. Hun­dreds of city dwellers joined a large pic­nic or­ga­nized by lo­cal authorities in Aris­totelous Square yes­ter­day un­der the slo­gan “We are re­claim­ing pub­lic spaces.”

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