Monday, January 17, 2011

Greek Mayor Arrested After Bulldozing Toll Booth Barriers

When drivers in Greece began refusing to pay road tolls it was seen as a bit of good-natured defiance, born of economy necessity.

When Apostolos Gletsos, mayor of Stylida, took control of a municipal bulldozer and broke his way through the barriers of a toll booth, civil disobedience took on an altogether different hue.

"What I did was within the realm of my duties to defend the legal rights of citizens. I don't regret it and would do it again," said the mayor, who was arrested and charged.

"Locals in Stylida are country people and they should be able to bypass tolls for free".'


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