Thousands of illegal buildings razed in Greece

Two natural disasters this year have the Greek government carrying out a spate of demolitions that have traditionally been put off.

by

    Greece is demolishing thousands of illegal buildings in an effort to bring the rule of law to the construction industry.

    Previous governments have tended to avoid the issue, even offering periodic amnesties to illegal properties, because imposing the law is seen as a vote-loser.

    But the Syriza government says it is determined to do the right thing after natural disasters more than one hundred people.

    Al Jazeera’s John Psaropoulos reports from Athens.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'Money can't buy us': Mapping Canada's oil pipeline battle

    'Money can't buy us': Mapping Canada's oil pipeline battle

    We travel more than 2,000km and visit communities along the route of the oil pipeline that cuts across Indigenous land.

    Women under ISIL: The wives

    Women under ISIL: The wives

    Women married to ISIL fighters share accounts of being made to watch executions and strap explosives to other women.

    Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

    Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

    The story of Ali Reza Monfared, the Iranian who tried to buy diplomatic immunity after embezzling millions of dollars.