Monday, August 27, 2007

Are developers playing rough in Greece?

I found this article in the Taipei Times:

"Greece charges seven with arson over forest fires"

"Greece battled raging forest fires for a fourth day yesterday and charged seven people with arson over blazes that have claimed more than 60 lives and threatened some of Europe's most historic sites...

"Firefighters were surrounding the site of Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, after succeeding on Sunday in preventing the flames from devastating one of Greece's most historic treasures...

"A spokesman for firefighters said seven people had been charged with starting fires and anti-terrorist prosecutor Dimitris Papagelopoulos said he was opening a preliminary investigation into the cause.

"Both announcements fueled mounting speculation that the fires were started by criminal gangs.

""The fact that so many fires have broken out in so many areas at once is perhaps not a coincidence," Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis said at the weekend...

"Construction is one of Greece's main industries, and some observers believe that developers are hoping to move in on the areas where forest has been destroyed.

"The government has insisted however that trees will be re-planted, partly to prevent illegal construction."
Aug 28, 2007

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