Athens mayor Giorgos Kaminis warned Thursday that Exarcheia, a suburb in central Athens, is in danger of becoming a "no mans land."
Clashes between police and anarchist groups in the Bohemian area of Exarcheia have been growing recently with local businesses and residents complaining that a lack of policing has resulted in more shootings and drug related crimes in the neghbourhood. The area is popular with tourists with a large number of properties available for short term rentals.
"I will not put up with this sort of neighbourhood being in my city - a black hole in the heart of the capital. Two years ago, in one of my countless letters to (Citizen protection Minister Nikos) Toskas, I had informed him of ths issue that residents also refer to: that Exarcheia is starting to be deserted, state services and organisations are leaving, banks and businesses are also leaving the area," said the mayor.
The mayor called on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to take action and help restore order to the area.