Dam­ages sought for smashed shops

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The Athens Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (EBEA) is de­mand­ing com­pen­sa­tion for the own­ers of 42 shops in the city cen­ter that suf­fered dam­age from van­dals dur­ing a protest on Mon­day night.

EBEA Pres­i­dent Con­stanti­nos Micha­los called Cit­i­zens’ Pro­tec­tion Min­is­ter Nikos Toskas to in­form him that the to­tal cost of the dam­ages is 155,000 euros. He also re­minded the min­is­ter that sim­i­lar vi­o­lent in­ci­dents in the past had harmed busi­nesses and called for the min­istry to ful­fill its role by pro­tect­ing shopown­ers.

Athens Mayor Gior­gos Kami­nis, mean­while, de­manded bet­ter policing of ar­eas like Er­mou Street and said there is a “cloud of fear” over parts of the cap­i­tal. The mayor em­pha­sized the need for ex­tra se­cu­rity in shop­ping ar­eas on the few Sun­days that they are al­lowed to open. Last Sun­day, a man was at­tacked when he walked out of a store on Er­mou. The as­sailant was protest­ing against the ex­tended open­ing.

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