Min­is­ter signs de­cree to curb small protest ral­lies

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Pub­lic Or­der Min­is­ter Nikos Den­dias yes­ter­day signed a pres­i­den­tial de­cree aimed at pre­vent­ing small-scale demon­stra­tions from block­ing ma­jor thor­ough­fares in big cities, an ini­tia­tive op­posed by union­ists and the main left­ist op­po­si­tion SYRIZA.

The signed de­cree, which is to be sub­mit­ted to the scru­tiny of the Coun­cil of State, im­poses re­stric­tions on “par­tic­u­larly small” demon­stra­tions in cities with pop­u­la­tions in ex­cess of 100,000, not­ing that such gath- er­ings will not be per­mit­ted to ob­struct ma­jor roads.

Den­dias’s ini­tia­tive fol­lowed meet­ings with the lead­ers of the coun­try’s two main la­bor unions, GSEE and AD­EDY, and with Athens Mayor Gior­gos Kami­nis as well as with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Athens Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try and the Athens Traders As­so­ci­a­tion. Busi­nesses in the cap­i­tal have long lob­bied for ac­tion to curb protests, which have a neg­a­tive im­pact on their trade.

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