22 detentions, 17 arrests for beach occupation in Mykonos, Rhodes and Paros!

Greece
Wed, 23 Aug 2023 10:35 GMT
22 operators were detained and 17 people were arrested for the abuse of public beaches by businesses.
22 detentions, 17 arrests for beach occupation in Mykonos, Rhodes and Paros!

In raids organised by the authorities in Mykonos, Rhodes and Paros, police detained 22 operators for violations of regulations on the occupation of public spaces on beaches. In Mykonos, 17 company representatives were also arrested after being caught working on the unauthorised installation of a 380 square metre metal platform on the beach.

THE REASON FOR THE ARREST WAS THE INSTALLATION OF 136 UMBRELLAS AND 272 SUNBEDS WITHIN FIVE METRES OF THE COASTLINE.

Following the actions of the "Paros Citizens' Movement for Free Beaches", called the "Towel Movement", which started last month in Paros and spread to Thassos, Corfu, Crete and Halkidiki, the Greek Supreme Court concluded the investigation initiated by the Greek Supreme Court on the complaints made about the public beaches on the coasts being made paid and closed to public use, and it was announced that those who do not comply with the law will be fined.

Following the decision, 22 operators were detained and 17 people were arrested in Greece for occupying the beaches in a way that prevented the public from using them despite the warnings of the authorities. Moreover, they were arrested for erecting 136 umbrellas and 272 sunbeds within five metres of the coastline, preventing the public from having free access to the sea.

NO PERSON OR COMPANY CAN ABUSE A PUBLIC BEACH

According to the Greek constitution, the country's coastline is considered public property and it is clearly stated that Greek citizens have the right to access and use the beaches at any time. No person or company has the right to exploit a public beach or deny access to any Greek citizen.

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