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article imageGreece's Golden Dawn gave toll-free travel over Easter

By Katerina Nikolas     May 6, 2013 in World
Greeks were able to enjoy a spot of toll-free travel over Orthodox Easter as Golden Dawn members manned many toll booths on the country's network of toll roads over the weekend, waving motorists through fee free.
Driving in Greece has become a costly expense. Along with the expense of vehicle registration tax and high petrol prices, drivers are required to pay hefty tolls to access the country's highways. Many of the newest toll-roads were built with taxpayers' money and funds received from the EU, and are now in the hands of private companies.
The high costs have led to a huge reduction in the use of private vehicles as people can no longer bear the expense whilst struggling under austerity. Over the Easter weekend motorists were spared the cost of road-tolls as members of Golden Dawn manned the toll booths. On Saturday the party held a national information event, distributing party newspapers and pamphlets at toll booths across the country.
Golden Dawn issued a statement saying the road tolls are "morally wrong, anti-tradition, and anti-life" preventing many people from travelling to celebrate the holidays with their families. As the barriers were lifted motorists honked their horns in celebration of no toll fees.
In April Reuters reported the Greek Development Ministry announced that work would resume on stalled toll road projects which had been halted due to the financial crisis. The government first agreed to compensate foreign contractors to the tune of €350 million in damages over delays. Development Minister Kostis Hatzidakis said "The restart of the four toll roads symbolises the kick-start of the Greek economy. Some 25,000 new jobs are being created."
Greek toll roads provide a pleasant alternative to the pot-hole strewn older highways. Due to the high cost of the tolls one is guaranteed to encounter very little traffic, making journey times much speedier.
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