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Stylida mayor arrested for opening access road next to highway

Δημοσίευση 12 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 11:05 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Stylida mayor arrested for opening  access road next to highway
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Stylida Mayor Apostolos Gletsos was placed under arrest on Tuesday after opening an access road parallel to the Athens-Lamia national highway at the Pelasgia toll booths.

Stylida Mayor Apostolos Gletsos was placed under arrest on Tuesday after opening an access road parallel to the Athens-Lamia national highway at the Pelasgia toll booths.

A strong police force working with Crime Prevention and Prosecution Teams and security police had been searching from the mayor since Tuesday morning in order to arrest him, in spite of a large turnout by Stylida residents.

Gletsos finally turned himself in to Stylida's police force at around 3:00 p.m. and was taken in handcuffs to the Fthiotida police headquarters.

On Monday, the Stylida mayor had used heavy machinery owned by the municipality to tear down the bars at Pelasgia toll booth and create a parallel access road that local residents might use in order to pass from eastern Fthiotida to the rest of the municipality without paying tolls. He said he would persevere until Fthiotida residents could carry out local trips without charge.

Local residents currently have no alternative road they can use without paying tolls in order to move within their area, while the road tolls were recently raised.

Sunday saw protests throughout Greece over the increase tolls announced by concession-holders, especially in areas where residents have not been given alternative access roads in order to get about their local neighbourhoods.