Leftist SYRIZA opposition has criticized a pre-dawn police operation to remove dozens of Syrian refugees who had been camped out at Syntagma Square in central Athens for the past three weeks.

SYRIZA MP Vassiliki Katrivanou said the operation was “unacceptable in every sense.” “Refugees, including children and mothers, from a war-torn country... were driven in police vans to the aliens bureau so as not to mar the capital’s Christmas facade,” she said.

Police escorted the Syrians to the Athens Aliens’ Bureau at around 3 a.m. on Monday. Authorities said there was no resistance from the refugees.