An unidentified man was found dead in Thissio park on Wednesday morning, while another two were in serious condition, apparently due to the cold weather of the past few days. All three are believed to be homeless.

"This tragic development highlights in the most glaring way the fundamental weaknesses of our society and our organised institutions," Athens Mayor George Kaminis commented, stressing that the problem of homelessness was a serious issue that concerned everyone.

The Athens municipality stressed that it had taken steps to help the city's poor and homeless when the cold snap began, offering blankets, sleeping bags, soup and tea at dozens of sites about the city, while its homeless shelter admitted anyone that asked.