Report of protests against the construction of a landfill site in Keratea, near Athens. Local residents fighting the riot police, schools occupied etc.
At noon on Sunday, conflicts broke out again between the angry crowd and riot police. The police attacked with fury the assembled people, while the dogs of power did not hesitate to attack the elderly and young children. People tried to defend themselves by whatever means. The police brutality was answered by the massive crowd with stones, slingshots, and many Molotov cocktails. The clashes extended to neighboring fields. Residents took municipal vehicles and blocked the highway leading to the point so no new forces of riot police could reach after the first units could not cope with the situation. This caused the police cranes to only be able to remove these vehicles after many units were used to defend the cranes in multiples of the protesters who opted to retreat to avoid unnecessary injuries and arrests. The fighting continued all night, mainly off road, in wooded areas, with mud and steady rain.
Clashes continue until today, Monday, December 13th. Almost all schools of Keratea and surrounding municipalities are under occupation as an indication of active solidarity, since many students participated in the protests and conflict.
Despite the decision taken by the court for a temporary cessation of work, the provocative repression forces didn’t leave the area so the clashes were rekindled. Residents attacked MAT (riot police) which today and all these days attacked and brutally beat people. There were melee fights between residents and cops, while a police bus was burned down by molotov cocktails.