Coun­cilors call for plan to tackle Exarchia malaise

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The City of Athens coun­cil adopted a res­o­lu­tion yes­ter­day call­ing on the gov­ern­ment to help draw up an ac­tion plan to tackle the in­creas­ing iso­la­tion of the Exarchia neigh­bor­hood in the city cen­ter.

The mu­nic­i­pal coun­cilors iden­ti­fied il­le­gal street trad­ing, squat­ting as well as the deal­ing and use of drugs as be­ing among the key crimes threat­en­ing to make Exarchia a no-go area. The res­o­lu­tion noted that pub­lic ser­vices and busi­nesses are mov­ing out of the neigh­bor­hood.

“In to­day’s Athens, we can­not al­low there to be a neigh­bor­hood where res­i­dents are afraid,” it con­cluded.

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