Tension During Protests in Athens Toll Booths



diodia_GreeceMore than 2,000 residents of the areas of Oropos, Kifissia, Tanagra and Kapandriti were gathered on Sunday at the toll booths in Aphidnes, reacting to the increase of toll rates announced by the Greek government.

The police presence caused reactions. Some citizens tried to attack a police car but were stopped by the rest of the protesters. The protesters occupied the toll booths and lifted the bars allowing the drivers to pass without paying.

The Greek Minister of Transport, Mihalis Chryssohoidis reported that the frustration of the citizens is understandable. However, he pointed out that the implementation of this measure is considered necessary.

Last week the Greek government decided to increase the cost of the tolls in all motor-ways, nearly tripling the prices. Greek Transport Minister stated on Friday that the toll increases were part of the contract signed with the motorway operators in 2007.

On February 9, a group of 500 anti-government protestors reacting to government’s decision, set fire to a toll booth on a motorway east of Athens, Greece. The demonstrators  blocked the motorway, set fire to tires and chanted slogans against the Greek government.


6 COMMENTS

  1. “On February 9, a group of 500 anti-government protestors reacting to government’s decision, set fire to a toll booth on a motorway east of Athens, Greece. The demonstrators blocked the motorway, set fire to tires and chanted slogans against the Greek government.”

    “Demostraters” is leftist Greek Reporter’s way massaging the reality that those violent fanatics were leftists (because rest assured had they not been Greek Reporters’ leftist propagandists would have been sure to mention their political affiliation).

    People that use violence in a democracy rather than elections to push their ends are UNDEMOCRATIC TERRORISTS. Peaceful protest is one thing. Its a democratic right. Those that resort to violence, vandalism and hijacking our streets are by definition thugs..

  2. Tripling tolls is no means to balance a budget or retire debt. A simple legal means to be heard is to simply boycott all toll roads. Starve the ministry of cash needed to service debt. Let them feel it in their wallet because if they don’t we will in the marketplace for all goods that are transported and there’s nothing to stop them from raising it again.

  3. If we “Starve the ministry of cash needed to service debt” who will pay for services?

    If citizens don’t want to pay taxes, the only other option that happens is further cutting of services. Incompetent populists don’t want to do that either. They want to burn both sides of the candle. Not pay taxes and get services. They believe they’ve discovered a new form of mathematics where 0 minus 1 equals 1. It does not.

  4. Not a single one of these protestors will be voting for New Democracy or PASOK at the upcoming Greek municipal and EU parliamentary elections. The Venizelos-Samaras Junta continues to sink into obscurity. A new political era is rapidly approaching for Greece.

  5. Tripling tolls in Greece is just wrong…at least peg it to the CPI figure as a more reasonable measure …but then again what is reasonable in Greece..

    This is just wrong…Toll charges should be reasonable to encourage tourism to country towns and should be worked in conjunction with the Greek tourism office…
    People will jump on a ferry and head to an island rather than visit a country town..
    It just makes no sense at all..

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