|Three rallies a day 'killing off' Athens|
Athens Mayor Yiorgos Kaminis wants the next government to impose tougher limits on public demonstrations, warning the frequent protest rallies are "killing off" the city centre.
Kaminis' office sent his proposals to Greek political parties on Monday in the form of draft legislation _ calling for tougher permission procedures for demonstrations, stricter traffic control to keep lanes open during rallies and provision to hold rally organizers accountable for damage caused to property if demonstrations turn violent.
He said three demonstrations were held daily in the capital, compounding the misery for shopwoners already hard hit by the recession.
"The statistics show that every day in Athens there are on average three protest rallies or gatherings," Kaminis told a news conference at City Hall.
"These are killing off the city centre, as a result of the action of the (protest) organizers but also by the police," he said. "Reforms are required so that members of the public can exercise their constitutional right to demonstrate without disrupting Athens' role as the administrative centre of the country, the commercial centre of the country, and even the entertainment centre of the country." (athensnews/gw)