Injury during tolls protest
An employee at the Afidnes tollbooth north of Athens was hospitalized after suffering multiple injuries during a scuffle with protesters yesterday.
According to Nea Odos, the firm responsible for this section of highway, the woman was attacked by protesters from the “I won’t pay” movement, who have been blockading tollgates around the country since last year in protest at increased charges.
According to a statement by Nea Odos, a group of “I won’t pay” protesters attacked the tollbooth attendant when she accepted money from a motorist who expressed his desire to pay while they were staging a blockade.
The firm alleged that the demonstrators went on to block access to the ambulance that had been called to the scene to attend to the injured woman, whose transportation to the hospital was only made possible after police were called in to disperse the protesters.
The “I won’t pay” group issued a response in which it said that the tollbooth attendant attacked its protesters first, injuring the face of one member of the group.